Nashville Star returning for third season.
Next spring, USA Network will air Nashville Star 3, the third season of its Idol-like country singer search. There are changes coming for the show, although no specifics have yet been revealed. Instead, there are vague generalities. USA VP Libby Hansen says the new season of “Nashville Star’ is going to reflect what’s happening on today’s country music scene,” and USA exec VP Jeff Wachtel says, “We’re adding a few twists to the format that will heighten the competition and make a great show even better.” The Tennesean’s Brad Schmitt reports one definite change: “Sony Music Nashville, the record label that guaranteed a deal for the winner, is out for this season.” But he also says the VPs’ comments make him “smell American Idol with hay bales.” RealityTVWorld’s Steve Rogers agrees, speculating that “it appears that the network … has decided to abandon more traditional ‘throwback’ artists in favor of the more hip and glamorous artists that have increasingly invaded the country music industry.” For now, casting is underway, with auditions being held in 20 different cities starting on Monday.
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