If the USA Network's Real Country finds even one artist who is ready to bounce the quite a few hurdles that block them from stardom, the present can have completed its purpose.
The collection debuts Nov. 13 with Shania Twain among the many government producers. Twenty-one artists in varied levels of growth vie for a grand- prize package deal that features $100,000 and a efficiency on the Grand Ole Opry. Among the opponents are six-time Texas Regional Radio feminine vocalist of the yr Bri Bagwell; Jamie Floyd, co-writer of the Grammy-nominated "The Blade"; and Tony Jackson, who has been closely marketed on RFD-TV.
"I need to see expertise that has completed the entire technique of discovering out who they're," says Twain, drawing a distinction between Real Country and American Idol. "I feel we will do extra for them as artists on the panel."
USA Network has had earlier success in nation expertise competitions. Nashville Star, launched in 2003, offered an early showcase for Miranda Lambert, Chris Young and Kacey Musgraves, although every of them developed in numerous methods after that have.
"That's the great thing about this enterprise," says Real Country panelist Jake Owen. "You can hope and you may dream, however no one has a street map."
Taped at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, the Real Country set takes on a blingy, honky-tonk environment. There isn't any pre-set notion of who would possibly succeed -- Twain designed the present to embody every thing from conventional nation to trendy bro-country, placing the emphasis on individuality.
It's a perfect that all the panelists, together with Travis Tritt, are obsessed with. It's additionally a principle that Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash introduced to him.
"To hell what anyone else thinks," says Tritt. "Just be you."