Melissa Lawson wins Nashville Star 6

Melissa Lawson has won Nashville Star 6, the first season of the country music competition to be broadcast on NBC.

Her single “What if it All Goes Right” will be on the radio starting today, and she now has a contract with Warner Brothers Records for an album that will be produced by John Rich. NBC said in a press release that she “will perform live from the Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 12, to be telecast on NBC’s ‘Today.'” The 32-year-old mother lost almost 50 pounds since auditioning for the show.

She beat Gabe Garcia, who placed second, and Shawn Mayer. The three of them, along with fourth-place contestant Coffey Anderson, start touring together on Sept. 12.

The show has performed well in the ratings when compared to its previous home on USA Network, but is down for NBC. Last week, it had 6.07 million viewers, in third place behind repeats of House and How I Met Your Mother, according to TV By the Numbers.

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The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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