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NASHVILLE STAR SHINES ON ANGELA
EPISODE PREMIERE: March 1, 2007

Watch the Contestant Performances from this week's show, and Two Foot Fred's In the Hot Seat interview with Angela, Zac and David.

SYNOPSIS:

For eight long weeks, Nashville Star viewers have supported their favorites, cast their votes and waited to find out who'd be walking away with a dream-of-a-lifetime recording contract. And now, the wait is finally over. On last night's season finale, America's votes were revealed and one of the three remaining finalists was named the next Nashville Star!

The night was full of knock-out performances from members of the Nashville Star family, including several from the finalists and one from host Jewel, who performed her hit "Foolish Games." The night kicked off with a rendition of Alabama's classic "Dixieland Delight" led by judge Randy Owen and featuring all ten of this season's Nashville Star finalists. After the onstage reunion, Jewel canvassed the seven eliminated finalists to find out which of their former competitors they expected to win Angela Hacker, Zac Hacker or David St. Romain and there was no consensus. Tim LaRoche might have put it best with his announcement that, given the level of talent in the final three, "America's gonna win tonight."

There may have been a lot of winners last night, but unfortunately there were a few people who weren't so lucky. David St. Romain was the first of the remaining three finalists to learn that he'd be leaving the competition without the title of Nashville Star. But a positive David took the news well, saying "I don't feel at all empty handed," and even managed to perform "Wave on Wave" better than he had in his first week on the show. Maybe the prospect of the cruise he's about to take with his family helped eased his pain!

With David eliminated, Nashville Star went from being a friendly competition to a sibling showdown. The judges raved about both Angela Hacker and her brother Zac last night: after Angela's performance of "I Can't Make You Love Me" Anastasia said she was proud of having been a part of discovering Angela, "a true diamond," and Zac's performance of his original song "If it Wasn't for the Whiskey" prompted Randy to tell the performer how much he has enjoyed watching him get "better," then "real good" and now "great." And while Angela and Zac have been talking tough all season long and both dream of Nashville stardom, it's clear that the two are actually very supportive of each other. It turns out they've been singing and performing together for years, and it was Zac who helped Angela get back into music after years on the sidelines. Judging by the applause after the Hackers performed "Hard to Handle" together, the audience agreed that whether singing together or apart, both the Hackers are true Nashville Star material.

But only one could be the next Nashville Star. With two such talented and deserving people to choose from, America had a tough decision to make. After weeks of competition and thousands of votes the results were finally in: Angela Hacker was the next Nashville Star! Angela celebrated her win and the recording contract with Warner Brothers Records and brand-new Chevy Silverado that come along with it with double high-fives from her brother and another onstage reunion with the season five finalists to sing "Sweet Home Alabama." The competition is over, but for Angela this is just the beginning!

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