Nashville Star 5 debuts tonight, features finalists who are siblings

USA Network kicks off the fifth season of Nashville Star at 10 p.m. ET with a 75-minute episode.

Jewel steps in as the new host, joining Cowboy Troy. Besides yet another host change, the show moves to Thursday nights at 10, having previously aired on Wednesdays.

The 10 finalists have already been revealed on the show’s web site. Two are 18, one is 36, and the rest are in their 20s. And two of the contestants are actually siblings.

As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports, the series “has established a loyal fan following — not to mention a successful track record — of its own.” Both “Buddy Jewell and Miranda Lambert have topped albums sales of half a million, while last year’s winner, Chris Young, has sold more than 100,000 copies of his debut release.”

Nashville Star 5 [USA Network]
Critic’s TV picks for Thursday: ‘Nashville Star’ [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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