ROCK BAND POISON FRONT MAN BRET MICHAELS JOINS SHOW HOST LEANN RIMES ON THE THIRD SEASON OF USA NETWORK'S NASHVILLE STAR

Star-Studded Guest List for Third Season to Include Montgomery Gentry, The Charlie Daniels Band, and Sara Evans

LOS ANGELES, CA,  January 13, 2005 - The producers of Nashville Star, USA Network's grassroots talent search series to find the next country music superstar, have named the third and final celebrity judge, rock band Poison front man Bret Michaels. Michaels will join show host LeAnn Rimes and previously announced judges Phil Vassar and Anastasia Brown for the third season of the show, which will premiere on Tuesday, March 1, 2005, from 10:00 - 11:00 PM (ET/PT) on USA Network. The show also continues its commitment to booking the hottest guest artists for its third season with a list of some of the most popular names in country music today. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, USA Network.

"Having sold over 25 million records, Bret Michaels is one of the best-known and longest-running successes in the music business," said Wachtel. "But what will surprise his fans, is that he has always had one foot firmly planted in country music. He has the crossover appeal that we are looking for in our judges panel this season."

Montgomery Gentry, the Charlie Daniels Band and Sara Evans are among the artists scheduled to guest-star and perform on the show. Additional artists will be announced throughout the season, which also promises several surprise guests.

The grand prize winner of the third season of Nashville Star will be awarded a recording contract from Universal South Records.

Poison front man and singer/songwriter Bret Michaels has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years. After over 25 million records and 15 top-40 singles, he continues to sell out arenas and amphitheaters worldwide. Among Michaels' many endeavors, he has produced and written for some of the music industry's top talent, including Stevie Nicks. Michaels also formed a production company with Charlie Sheen in which he wrote, directed, and starred in several films. Michaels has appeared in numerous television shows including CBS's Yes Dear and Martial Law, Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show, and has co-hosted Access Hollywood with Pat O'Brien and appeared on VH1's Rock Bodies with Beyonce Knowles. He has made Spin magazine's "Top 100 Greatest Moments in Rock," appeared the cover of Playgirl magazine, and has had his 10-acre Malibu ranch featured on MTV Cribs. Michaels recently was featured on the cover of Billboard for his new solo album Freedom Sound, where his first single, "All I Ever Needed," crossed from the rock to the country airplay charts. With his own funding, Michaels formed his own record label, BMB Records, on which he will release his own solo album and create a home for new artists in the near future.

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