NASHVILLE STAR AUDITIONS PACK THE HOUSE ACROSS AMERICA


December 9, 2005 -- Thousands turned out for Nashville Star’s fourth season Open Call Auditions in hopes of becoming America's next country music sensation. For nearly two months, producers of the hit USA Network reality series toured the nation searching for talent worthy of moving on to the show's Regionals in early January.

All in all, between 15,000 and 20,000 contestants attended Open Call Auditions at 20 cities around the country. And that's not even factoring in the thousands of home video submissions the Nashville Star team received!

We saw the largest turnout in the history of the show at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. In fact, many familiar faces stopped in to check out the action, including Nashville Star alums Amy Chappell, Jody Evans, Jason Meadows, Natasha Valentine and Jayron Weaver.

The Producer's pick for the most enthusiastic city was unanimous: Indianapolis. At the 8 Seconds Saloon, the fans didn’t stop cheering from the time the doors opened until the time the auditions ended.

And let's not forget about the contestants. Season 4 auditions saw performers hailing from across the globe: Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the British Virgin Islands. We even came across a Texan trying out in Oklahoma!

Those who stood out for reasons other than their artistic ability:

  • A shirtless guy in Portland
  • A girl rapping in Raleigh and a guy rapping in Nashville
  • A “MC Hammer” impersonator dancing in Houston
  • A woman who used a suitcase as her accompanying instrument in Los Angeles
  • A woman who performed a strip tease in Los Angeles
  • A girl who broke her foot in Dallas on the day of the audition ... and still tried out

A quartet of songs were heard repeatedly. Among women, the top songs were Martina McBride's “When God Fearing Women Get The Blues” and “When I Think About Cheating” by Gretchen Wilson. Men stuck with “Should Have Been a Cowboy” by Toby Keith and George Strait's “Amarillo by Morning.”

Regionals will take place in Houston on Jan. 3-4 and Nashville on Jan. 6-7. From there, the final cast will be chosen on Jan. 10 and prepped for the season premiere on Tuesday, March 14, 2006.

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