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OK, I admit it! I meant to come for an hour but I stayed all day. In spite of myself, I couldn't tear myself away from the first-round auditions for the new reality-based TV show 'Nashville Star' for aspiring country singers, premiering on the USA Network sometime in March, 2003.

The event took place at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame-and what a scene it was! Literally hundreds of hopefuls arrived from around the region to sign up for the chance to be discovered, or humiliated, before a panel of well-known music industry personalities. The competition occurred in two parts: First, in Tier 1 competition, each aspiring artist lines up in number order to sing one of several pre-chosen songs (Martina McBride's "A Broken Wing" and Patsy Cline's "Crazy" were most popular) for a pair of judges. Without a band, tracks, or any help at all, each contestant stands in front of the judges-and wails- a capella to their best ability for about 30 seconds. The judges vote. Yea- you move on to Tier 2. Nay-it's over, you are history. / Issue 25 - September 5570
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