Wednesday, May 21, 2008

‘Nashville Star’ Celebrates Real Musicians, Unlike ‘Idol’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – American Idol is a musical crock.

Just ask Howard T. Owens, executive producer of Nashville Star, a long-running reality competition to find America’s next country singing superstar.

Unlike Idol, Owens says his show always has and always will feature a live band playing along with contestants, as well as contestants who play instruments and write their own songs.

He believes Idol has “mimicked” the authenticity of Nashville Star over the last few seasons by adding a live band instead of pre-recorded tracks during singers’ performances and more recently, allowing the singers to play instruments on stage.

Still, in Owens’ eyes, Idol has fallen short.

He doesn’t buy the attempts at showing musicians like ousted dreadlocked singer Jason Castro playing guitar on stage.

Owens says, “When Jason Castro played guitar, you never saw a shot of his fingers! It was ridiculous. At Nashville Star we don’t try to use a guitar as a fake prop. We want to explore our contestants’ real musical abilities.”

The sixth season of Nashville Star premieres June 9 on NBC.

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