Chris Young wins Nashville Star 4

A 6′ 4″ 20-year-old has won Nashville Star 4. Chris Young was crowned the winner on last night’s show, beating Nicole Jamrose and Casey Rivers.

He receives an RCA recording contract, and will appear on the Grand Ole Opry. After winning, he told the AP, “The whole time, I’ve just been trying to get to this moment. You can’t beat fan-voted competition.”

Perhaps unbelievably, the series aired for just eight episodes, and featured 10 finalists. Compared to American Idol, whose model it follows, Nashville Star looks downright anorexic. The show is so quiet and unassuming I didn’t even know it was ending.

Chris Young crowned new ‘Nashville Star’
Chris Young

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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