USA NETWORK'S NASHVILLE STAR NARROWS THOUSANDS OF CONTESTANTS TO TEN FINALISTS FOR THIRD SEASON NASHVILLE STAR

Country Music Talent Search Premieres Tuesday, March 1 at 10:00 PM ET/PT on USA

NEW YORK, NY, February 4, 2005 - All ten finalists have been named for the third season of USA Network's Nashville Star, a grassroots nationwide talent search for the next country music superstar, premiering Tuesday, March 1, from 10:00 - 11:00 PM (ET/PT) on USA Network.

During the nine-week series, the finalists will compete for the grand prize - a recording contract with Universal South Records. While all contestants must be at least 18, there is no upper age limit, opening the competition to talented adults pursuing their dreams at any age.

"Going through the process of screening thousands upon thousands of performers, the quality of untapped talent continues to amaze me," said Nashville Star executive producer Jeff Boggs. "The wonder of this show is that it works. In this ocean of hopefuls, the talent was so strong that we had a tough time getting it down to only ten. This will be our best season yet."

And the ten multi-talented contenders are: Justin David, 30, from Marshfield, MO. David learned to play mandolin at the age of four, and he wields the fiddle and guitar with the same virtuosity.

Jody Evans, 28, from Donaldson, AR. Evans is a police officer by day, rockabilly singer by night. He grew up on the music of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly.

Jenny Farrell, 35, from Albuquerque, NM. Farrell is a singer/songwriter who toured with Mustang Sally in the late '90s, opening shows for country artists including George Jones.

Erika Jo Heriges, 18, from Angleton, TX. This high school senior has been performing with bands for over thirteen years.

Christy McDonald, 29, from Tabor City, NC. By day, McDonald is the receptionist at the Warner Bros. Nashville office. In her off time she is a performer, demo singer and songwriter.

Jason Meadows, 33, from Calera, OK. Meadows grew up on a farm in Calera, and his music reflects the traditional influences of Merle Haggard, George Strait and Hank Williams, Jr.

Josh Owen, 19, from Brownsboro, TX. This guitar slinger has been singing since he was three. He has performed on the "The Arsenio Hall Show," "The Maury Povich Show" and "Star Search," where he was a finalist at age five.

Casey Simpson, 19, from Cerritos, CA. Simpson recorded a song for the 2002 "Rugrats" Christmas movie, as the voice of the wooden grandma. She performs throughout southern California and often sings the National Anthem at the Staples Center before Lakers, Kings and Sparks games.

Tamika Tyler, 33, from Coffs Harbour, Australia. Tyler had a successful singing career in her native Australia before starting a family and moving to a Colorado ranch with her husband, a rocket scientist, and their son.

Jayron Weaver, 22, from Dallas, GA. Jayron began singing in church as a child, and he is currently serving as music minister at a local church. He also works full-time at a warehouse while attending college classes.

Nashville Star will again air live from Nashville's BellSouth Acuff Theatre for eight weeks following the premiere. The show is hosted by LeAnn Rimes. The third season judging panel includes rock band Poison front man Bret Michaels, country hitmaker Phil Vassar and industry executive/artist manager Anastasia Brown. Comedian Cledus T. Judd joins the show as special correspondent.

Nashville Star is created by Reveille and executive produced by Ben Silverman (The Restaurant, Coupling) and H.T. Owens (The Restaurant, Blow Out). Jeff Boggs serves as Executive Producer in association with Reveille. The show is produced by Jon Small (Garth Brooks Live From Central Park, Billy Joel Live At Yankee Stadium) and his production company, Picture Vision.

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