Thursday, November 04, 2004
Edmonton To Wish Upon A Nashville Star
Country crooner hopefuls had better get their unusually large hats on and start a-walkin’. The latest season of American Idol-esque talent search Nashville Star is gearing up and the only Canadian audition stop will be taking place in Edmonton on November 13. That’s right, this is the one and only Northern stop — maybe the USA Network were a little miffed that we came so close to kicking their butts the last time around.
When the second season of NS wrapped up this spring, George Canyon — a country singer-songwriter and proud Nova Scotian — was in the final three. Unfortunately, when the dust settled, U.S. contestant Brad Cotter was the one left standing.
The Edmonton auditions will be held during the Canadian Finals Rodeo Week, with show producers only setting aside six hours — so it’s the first 500 people to show up that will get seen. Unlike Idol, Nashville Star is only available to wannabes 18 or over and the lucky selected singers will get a call-back for the following day.
If you plan on being one of those 500, you’ll have to mosey on over to the Nashville Star website, where you’ll find a list of approved cover songs. Performers will only get one minute to perform the song (it’s your choice whether to sing a short clip or to do the whole thing chipmunk-style). Other than several hundred Dixie Chicks selections, NS hopefuls can choose from a surprisingly broad list of tunes by artists from Bruce Springsteen to Sheryl Crow to John Mellencamp — whose "Jack And Diane" may be a favourite for drunken singalongs, but it’s not exactly country.
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