Live Blog: Nashville Star Season Six Finale

Matt Clark | August 4th, 2008

Nashville Star Live Blog

It’s the day that I’ve been waiting for since I first heard Underwear Boy sing: the season finale of Nashville Star!

Since early in the competition I’ve felt confident that Melissa Lawson will prevail, and I still predict that she’ll come out on top. However, a significant part of my psyche is telling me to not discount Gabe Garcia. The voting block for these shows is composed primarily of tweens and grandmothers, and those two groups actually agree a surprising amount of the time. However, in this instance, I foresee the grandmother vote breaking for Melissa and the tween vote going to Gabe, and the balance between those two populations will determine the outcome. The only outcome that would surprise me is a Shawn Mayer win.

While you’re waiting for the finale to begin, be sure to check out my Melissa Lawson commentary in today’s Fort Worth Star-Tribune and visit our brand new forum to add your commentary on Nashville Star and anything else that holds your interest today. The finale and live blog begin at 8 9 p.m. central.

8:00 UPDATE: Due to a special two-hour American Gladiators, tonight’s Nashville Star finale will begin at 9 pm central, not 8 pm as previously posted. Come back in one hour.

9:00 – Matt C: Oh my Lord. Katie Cook has…produce.

9:01 – Matt C: I looked up at Gabe Garcia just now and thought that I was seeing George Strait.

9:02 – Matt C: Did I mention that Katie Cook looks fantastic tonight?

9:02 – Matt C: The sad thing is, “Achy Breaky Heart” is one of the finer things that has been performed on this show.

9:03 – Matt C: BRC has mellowed. I keep flashing back to him dancing in his tennies in that music video.

9:03 – Matt C: Well, Melissa wins the first oversinging award.

9:04 – Matt C: They just flashed to Underwear Boy and he wasn’t even singing along with the others. Ha!

9:05 – Matt C: Thanks to Brady for my new wallpaper:

9:06 – Matt C: Chris N.: “Somebody’s life is gonna change” … and then change right back in two weeks.

9:06 – Matt C: Jessica: I guess the guys are saying “Thanks for the mammories” to Katie.

9:06 – Brody: We interrupt this regularly scheduled live blog to tell you about our fantastic new forums. Official introduction coming tomorrow, so get a head start and sign up tonight. You may now carry on.

9:09 – Matt C: Gabe Garcia is performing “Celebrity,” and it’s just not a good song for his voice. He’s managing to hold key, but it’s an incredibly boring performance.

9:10 – Matt C: Maybe I’m paranoid at this point, but it seems like that camera is positioned suspiciously above Jewel so that the producers can make what they can of a (relatively) conservative dress.

9:11 – Matt C: Melissa Lawson is performing “My Wish” and again making me wonder why she’s the front-runner. And the audience stands up before she even hits the chorus? So not deserving.

9:13 – Matt C: Matt B.: How did she manage to make this song sound worse?

9:14 – Matt C: Did the contestants collectively decide to swallow their phrases tonight? I can’t understand a word of Shawn Mayer’s “Gunpowder and Lead.”

9:15 – Matt C: I’m definitely not feeling the Shawn Mayer performance. A dobro plus single acoustic guitar is really not a good arrangement choice if you want to kick the microphone stand over and stamp around the stage.

9:16 – Matt C: Chris N.: To quote my fiancee just now: “Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop.”

9:16 – Matt C: After Midnite’s Blair Garner makes a cameo.

9:17 – Matt C: Now GEORGE JONES makes a cameo.

9:17 – Matt C: I can’t decide if The Possum’s appearance elevates the show or nauseates and offends me. His comment that “y’all are doing a heck of a job” kind of argues for the latter.

9:21 – Matt C: Here comes the first elimination.

9:22 – Matt C: And the third place winner is Shawn Mayer. No surprises there.

9:22 – Matt C: There’s the obligatory “eliminated contestant compares herself to Miranda Lambert” moment. Funny thing is, the eventual winner can’t take similar comfort.

9:24 – Matt C: Nashville Star turns Can You Duet? as Gabe and Melissa become a duo. Uh oh.

9:27 – Matt C: Their performance is pretty embarrassing. Not the vocal so much as the spectacle.

9:28 – Matt C: Chris N.: I think Jones’ “Y’all are doing a heck of a job” is just as deserved as Bush’s “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

9:34 – Matt C: Melissa’s performing again. This time it’s “Something More” and it sounds much better than “My Wish.”

9:35 – Matt C: Technical proficiency? Check. Character? Umm…

9:40 – Matt C: FYI, the winner will be debuting a new single tonight. Gee, I wonder if that’s going to be good?

9:41 – Matt C: BRC just said that Gabe was taking the stage for “the last time” despite the fact that the winner will be performing a new single. Does he know something that we don’t?

9:43 – Matt C: Gabe’s performing “Gone Country” and it’s unremarkable. He’s pretty Strait-laced (get it?) tonight. Hopefully he’ll try some interesting interpretations on the album.

9:44 – Matt C: I was kind of hoping that the judges had ditched the singing along thing, but alas.

9:46 – Matt C: Jeffrey Steele predicts that Pearl Heart will win…and then switches his vote to Gabe.

9:50 – Matt C: Wanna bet that the new single is written by John Rich?

9:51 – Matt C: We’ve heard one line and I can already tell that it’s another self-help song.

9:52 – Matt C: John Rich, please, tell us, which of the “greatest voices in country music” have you recorded?

9:54 – Matt C: And the winner is…

9:54 – Matt C: Melissa Lawson.

9:55 – Matt C: This result is not a surprise. It also won’t be surprising when her debut single fails to chart and Warner Brothers dumps her after one Walmart-exclusive album.

9:56 – Matt C: Well, this is one way of writing a song. Ask 75 random questions in a row. Kind of a new twist on the laundry list structure.

9:57 – Matt C: Is anyone else worried that Melissa is going to have a coronary when she tries to sing in the polluted China atmosphere?

9:58 – Matt C: Well, I feel all warm and fuzzy now.

9:59 – Matt C: Priceless. The show just ended and cut to commercial as John Rich was interviewing Melissa.

10:00 – Matt C: Hey everybody…we survived! Big thanks to those regulars who stuck it out nearly every week. It remains to be seen whether Nashville Star, let alone our live blog, will survive to the next year, but thanks for making the sixth season a success…for The 9513, at least.

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  1. Jim Malec
    August 4, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I sure hope John Michael Montgomery wins! I just love “Sold.”

  2. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I can’t get the Forum to load, is there a problem with it, or is it just on my end?

  3. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    It seems to be working for everyone else, Drew. Are you getting a 404 error?

  4. Chris J
    August 4, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I didn’t work for me either…it just shows the banner and nothing else

  5. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    It appears to have been an issue with IE, but it should be resolved now. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  6. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Same as Chris. Just doesn’t load up except the top part. I’ve tried it in IE, Opera, and Firefox. Is there some sort of add-on or plug-in I need?

  7. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Oh! Never mind, there we go, whatever you just did fixed it, good work

  8. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I was looking in my newspaper’s TV listings today and it shows Nashville Star beginning at 10 PM tonight after a special two hour American Gladiators episode! The final climactic episode and it gets bumped back by American Gladiators, what an insult! (lol)

    Hey, does this mean that Nashville Star will be in direct conflict with The Mole? Uhoh…..

  9. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Clearly American Gladiators is destroying it in the ratings department. Next time Nashville Star better go back to the USA Network, or even GAC would be nice.

  10. Jim Malec
    August 4, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    But then GAC would have to ditch “The Next GAC Star”

  11. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I just wanted to post Matt’s take on Melissa Lawson from the Star Telegram:

    “Matthew Clark, an editor for the country music-oriented blog The9513.com, says despite Lawson’s reality-TV-ready back story, her image may be a moot point, as those unfamiliar with Nashville Star may not even take notice.

    “I don’t even know if country music fans will respond to her,” Clark says. “When you look at the music world and especially the radio world, I just don’t think her image is going to play. I just can’t imagine Melissa Lawson sliding into a CMT video rotation next to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift.”

    Matt’s comments were by far the most realistic and informed that were made in the article. I don’t care if the soccer mom demographic wants to hear Melissa Lawson, Top 40 country radio will NOT give her a break and neither will the music video channels. Shelly Fairchild can sing rings around Melissa and Shelly is far more attractive, and look how far that got her……

  12. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    OK, I have my vodka tonic. Let’s light this candle already!

  13. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Wooooo.

  14. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    “Somebody’s life is gonna change” … and then change right back in two weeks.

  15. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Katie Cook just got back from WWE hosting?

  16. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Cleavage Night is finally here!

  17. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Hey Chris.

  18. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    The dancers are back!

  19. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    well dang. i was gonna check in and see who won. ya mean i gotta watch it now?

  20. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    Did Rich just say Melissa was one of the most gifted vocalists he’s ever heard in his life?

  21. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I guess the guys are saying “Thanks for the mammories” to Katie.

  22. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    I dunno, all I cleavage can cleavage about is cleavage.

  23. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Ashlee is looking fine tonight.

  24. Matt C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Everybody is looking damn fine tonight.

  25. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I got that in a higher resolution if you need it, Matt.

  26. idlewyldsouth
    August 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    fyi….i saw underwear boy at a show at 3rd and lindsley..he had a little friend and they were wearing matching V teck t’s…i laughed pretty hard.

  27. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    More stills, quickly!

  28. Matt C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Brady, that’s mattc at the9513.com

  29. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Billy Ray owns all of these contestants… long live Achy Breaky Heart!

  30. Matt C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Dang Brady, I was saving that announcement to coincide with Nashville Star’s weekly PSA.

  31. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    My bad.

  32. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    “Celebrity” is only fit with the perfect guitar slinging by Brad Paisley. Ironic that Gabe is singing this song now they are “celebrities” thank to reality tv.

  33. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Veronica Lake, ladies and gents!

  34. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Jewel apparently missed the “cleavage” memo. :(

  35. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    idlewyldsouth:

    So I am guessing that UWB’s “friend” was male?

  36. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    What the heck is Melissa mumbling?

  37. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I’ve always liked Billy Ray and Achy Breaky — I liked it better when he had his mullet and his tight jeans though. :-o

    —- oh,Melissa’s singing a Jeffrey song.

  38. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    HA! The producers hire BRC hoping to snag a guest appearance from Miley and all they get was “Achy, Breaky Heart”! Serves them right…..

  39. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    How did she manage to make this song sound worse?

  40. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    That’s the second time I’ve come across a Veronica Lake mention today. One of the new Emily West songs on her MySpace (that I posted in the forums) has a Veronica Lake picture attached to it as the album.

  41. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Seeing Melissa sing this song like this makes me realize exactly what I don’t like it: it’s an American Idol finale.

  42. idlewyldsouth
    August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Yes, yes it was. It could have potentially been a clone, in retrospect.

  43. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    *finale song

  44. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Brody,

    I’m going to see Emily perform Wednesday here in Nashville.

  45. Todd
    August 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Wow a contestant singing “Celebrity” on this show how appropriate. The lyrics “Do I have talent well no, these days you don’t really need it thanks to reality shows,” have never been more true.LOL

  46. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    ok – when you’re worse than Miranda, you’re pretty bad.

  47. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    WTF? did she forget the words to this Miranda song?

    This is like an AI singer covering Carrie Underwood.

  48. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    She has nothing on Miranda that’s for dang sure!

  49. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    To quote my fiancee just now: “Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop.”

  50. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Matt B., I want to hear what you think of Matt Jenkins as well. His two label singles were quite good….

  51. KathyP
    August 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Didn’t Shawn not have enough breath to get out 2 words during Gunpowder and Lead or am I losing my hearing?

  52. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Rick,

    I think Matt Jenkins will do well. I can’t imagine he won’t since I liked his singles as well.

  53. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Jeffery Steele is looking quite matadorish tonight.

  54. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Rick, I like Matt Jenkins.

  55. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Blair Garner is Jewel and John’s Mentor?

  56. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    George Jones is a better “mentor.”

  57. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    What is so sad is that if their album came out tomorrow, I wouldn’t buy any of their records.

    Ok – only thing good of tonight’s episode is seeing the Possum. He should have kicked their butts for sucking so bad.

  58. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Then Paula, head to Nashville this Wednesday and catch Emily West with Matt at The Rutledge at 8 PM!

  59. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    oh i’d love to rick — but weeknight trips are hard for me. i’m 225 miles from nashville. i do like the rutledge though. i went there for the first time during tin pan this year.

  60. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve been in Nashville for 3 months and I’ve hardly went anywhere so this will be fun :)

  61. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Shocker….Not. We all knew it was Gabe and Melissa.

  62. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Her relief is palpable.

  63. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Shawn, you’re no Miranda Lambert.

  64. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I’m cracking up that Shawn is comparing herself to Miranda, even after that horrible performance.

  65. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I NEVER want to hear that Trace song again!

  66. Matt C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Just once more, Leeann.

  67. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    You’re gonna miss it, Leeann.

  68. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    i used to go almost every weekend, but gasoline prices are killing me right now. i only get to go once a month (or less) now.

  69. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Leeann, it will probably be used by American Idol this year (or a Ruben Studderd version).

  70. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Weren’t there a zillion country duets they could’ve chosen?

  71. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    … and yes, we’ve reached a new level of pain.

  72. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Holy cow…Dirty Dancing song? So umm, does Melissa pick up Gabe and twirl him around?

  73. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Melissa Lawson sounds best on non-country songs like this.

  74. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Once again, no country duet. This is a total American Idol ripoff. They both sound bad though they do blend together ok.

  75. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    This is getting cheesier than Elton and Kiki D

  76. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    she’s kicking his butt on this one.

  77. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Does this duet mean that the contestants knew beforehand who was getting eliminated?

  78. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    This show is annoying more than usual today. Maybe it’s my mood.

  79. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    but they should’ve cut this one as short as they’ve cut the competition songs.

  80. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Brody, I am guessing they practiced duets together although I wouldn’t be surprised if Shawn knew she was leaving.

  81. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I think Jones’ “Y’all are doing a heck of a job” is just as deserved as Bush’s “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”

  82. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Brody, I wondered the same thing. Last week, it seemed that someone already knew she’d be illiminated. I can’t even remember who was kicked off last week!

  83. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I was just thinking the same thing, Brody.

  84. Stephen H.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Brody, I’m assuming that Melissa and Shawn both rehearsed the female part of that song. Maybe there would have been a different song if the two girls had been kept?

    No, you’re probably right. The entire show’s been rigged already, anyway.

  85. Matt C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Brady, you need to photoshop that microphone out of the way. It’s blocking the view.

  86. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I may need more vodka than anticipated.

  87. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I’m starting to wish Coffey were still here just to spice things up. Maybe Rick was onto something!

  88. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    So NBC took “Dirty Jobs” and turned it into an “extreme” reality show. Sadly, I think Mike Judge was right with his film “Idiocracy.”

  89. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Oh yeah, it was Coffey. Then I meant he.

  90. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Chris, I thought you were attempting to quit drinking on week nights?

  91. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    So Chris I’m guessing that you’re ditching the tonic and just drinking straight from the bottle?

  92. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Leeann…or DID you?

  93. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Sorry Leeann, I’m just so bored that I’ll say or do anything at this point.

  94. Stephen H.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Hopefully they know how to fill these last 30 minutes. Katie only knows how to fill 36.

  95. idlewyldsouth
    August 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    This show, rigged? No! I mean..its not like John Rich has been pushing for a hispanic artist for a year now.

  96. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Stephen 36 DD

  97. Drew C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    No matter who wins, the only one who is going to be somewhat successful is Gabe Garcia. I don’t think country music is ready for another Wynona (insert hip hand-slap here).

  98. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    that looks bad.

    Should’ve typed: Stephen, more like 36 DD.

  99. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Drew, I don’t think country fans are ready for another Freddy Fender or Johnny Rodriguez. FYI it’s “Wynonna.”

  100. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Brody, my ‘No drinking on weeknights’ rule lasted about as long as the winner’s career is about to.

  101. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Jennifer Nettles could sing circles around this girl.

  102. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    There’s Gotta Be Something More than this travesty…

  103. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    All melissa reminds me of on this song is the former member Kristen Hall.

  104. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Throughout this entire show, I’ve been wondering where the Ashton Shepherd type talents are hiding. Why couldn’t the producers find someone like her?

  105. Vicki
    August 4, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Melissa did a shout fest…like she was trying to be the loudest one in the room. She’s pretty off key too. “I had the time of my life?” Not me

  106. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Melissa is an artist, it’s true. She’s like the Picasso of following along with the melody.

  107. idlewyldsouth
    August 4, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Did Jewel just say the chubby lady has a ’round tone’?

  108. Vicki
    August 4, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    I want something more too…How about Gabe?

  109. Stephen H.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    There’s gotta be something more. As in, there need to have been more contestants out there who could have been better than she and Gabe.

    Where’s Michael Dean Church when you need him? His comments were entertaining.

  110. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I didn’t like the Sugarland song that she sung, but I thought her vocals were good.

  111. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Will John Rich get to play his McCain campaign song? This is a much bigger audience than he had at that rally the other day.

  112. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Well at least the winner gets a cool gas sucking truck, and no one can take that away from them….(lol)

  113. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Chris,

    As humorous as it would be to see that, NBC would be afraid they’d have to have Coffey come back and ‘rap/sing’ for Obama.

  114. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Oh yeah, I did notice a distinct lack of barely contained racism in the thread tonight.

  115. Lindsey Lou
    August 4, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Isn’t it kind of funny how it all equalled out and each of the mentors (judges) ended up with someone at the end..convenient?

  116. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Remember, Melissa isn’t chubby, she’s “Reubenesque”! Not that many country fans would know who Reuben was….

  117. Drew C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Anybody else have Ashlee Hewitt’s “Mike’s Hard Lemonade” still stuck in their head?

  118. idlewyldsouth
    August 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    but obama will put us under his healthcare umbrella ella ella

  119. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Of course we do, Rick. He painted them voluptuous womens.

  120. Drew
    August 4, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Anybody notice how there’s about 10 rows of knockout women carefully placed right in the front? Oh, and Shawn’s cover of Miranda was absolutely painful to watch and hear, ouuuch!

  121. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Well hopefully there’s no racism in this thread. I certainly didn’t mean such with my comment about Coffey and Obama.

  122. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    There’s no gravel in his voice. It’s sooo bland.

  123. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Gabe says his dream is to be a legend in country music….dream on boy, dream on…

  124. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Steele told Melissa earlier that she had two down and two to go, and now they announced that Gabe was taking the stage for the last time. Hmm…

  125. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Matt B.: I was actually referring to the absence of another commenter noted above.

  126. idlewyldsouth
    August 4, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Plug for John Richs other tv show?

  127. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Gabe could make good records and singles but he’s damn boring on stage.

  128. Vicki
    August 4, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Finally…He’s gone Country!

  129. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Chris:

    Ahh…I know what you’re saying now….

    So do Gabe and Melissa get membership into the Muzik Mafia?

  130. Vicki
    August 4, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Yeah I admit Gabe needs to grow in the audience warm up dept but he can sing country. He ought to do some Texas Swing

  131. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    And there goes John promoting Gabe’s heritage.

  132. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    So she’s a mother and he’s Hispanic? I don’t think they ever mentioned those facts before. That is new information.

  133. Rick
    August 4, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Matt C., Isn’t “Gone Country” an Alan Jackson song?

  134. Matt C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Rick, yes it is, but I see a lot more Strait than Jackson in Gabe.

  135. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Let me go on record and say I hate that I hate any hat that uses camouflage instead of solid colors.

  136. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I have like three camo hats :(

  137. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    John Rich claims they are two of the greatest voices in country music? Sorry, they are no George Jones or Tammy Wynette….

  138. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    wow what I just wrote looks horrible: it should say “I hate any hat that uses camouflage instead of solid colors.”

  139. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I want a shocker ending for all of the soap opera drama they’ve built up through this show. Like, maybe if we found out that Melissa is actually Hispanic and Gabe is actually a mother! Yeah!

    Damn, I’m bored.

  140. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Weird. I’ve lost about three camo hats.

  141. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    America did the best with what it had, Jewel.

  142. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    You better talk to our redneck cousin about that, Brody.

  143. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Will Melissa need to find a new babysitter or will Gabe need a translater?? The winner is….

  144. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    So camo hat = redneck Brady?

  145. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    How about a duet between Gabe Garcia and Buddy Jewell?

  146. leeann
    August 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    I’m bored too!

  147. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    You betcha, Matt.

  148. Dan M.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    You called it, Matt!

  149. J.R. Journey
    August 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    And just like that, John Rich created another country star …

  150. Brody Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    S.o. S.c.r.i.p.t.e.d.

  151. Stephen H.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I disagree with Jeffrey … she isn’t on ONE peak, she’s on THE peak of her success.

  152. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    China isn’t gonna know what to do with Melissa. Although since I lived there I’ll tell you now that country music goes over much better with their population than hip-hop does (easy to understand lyrics).

  153. Jessica
    August 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Is it me or is everyone not standing up in the crowd when they announce her name??? Looks like BRC was right….Gabe did take the stage for the last song.

  154. Brady Vercher
    August 4, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Why did BRC thank country radio?

  155. Vicki
    August 4, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Oh…another one bites the dust

  156. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    This song reeks of American Idol coronation song….

  157. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Buddy Jewell should have performed “That Ain’t Mexico” as a cautionary tale. Don’t let yourself reach this level of desperation!

  158. Drew C
    August 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    At least I’ll still have my Ashlee Hewitt YouTubes.

  159. Paula
    August 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    ok call me names if you want to – i liked the song.

  160. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    She was terribly horrible. and it’s funny that Rich got cut off!

  161. Stephen H.
    August 4, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Wow, NBC wanted to cut out as quickly as possible … didn’t even let her talk to John Rich at all.

  162. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Wow, I never knew (wink wink) about camo hats=redneck. I just thought they were hideous. Guess being from a ‘left’ town like Seattle/Tacoma has something to do with it? Or, perhaps, it’s because I don’t hunt?

  163. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I still can’t believe I made it without going Elvis on the TV.

  164. Matt B.
    August 4, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    And how is that Vodka bottle doing Chris?

  165. Stormy
    August 4, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Chris: You have vodka and you’re not sharing?!

  166. Chris J
    August 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I can not believe Melissa won. I have been a Shawn, Ashley and Huge Gabe fan. I wish he would of won but, I knew she would of.

  167. Chris N.
    August 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I got through it with one vodka tonic. Restraint!

  168. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 12:08 am

    Chris N., you are doing a heckuva job. And I thought Reuben was a contestant on American Idol?

    I dunno why you guys want to move to a Forum format. These blog comments are entertaining as h e double toothpicks.

  169. Devon Drake
    August 5, 2008 at 1:18 am

    The Most Classic moment of embarrassment was when Shawn kicked the Mic Stand and knocked it over. I laughed my ass off. Not only was she terrible but she was in the wrong genre to be kicking over Mic Stands. Gabe Garcia was equally awful doing Brad’s Celebrity and Dunkin Donut Lawson, well I am so unimpressed with her vocals that I cant wait to turn my radio off when her single comes on, thank god I havent listened to radio since 96. Come on I have heard fifty better acts just today on Different Websites than anything on this show… Blah

  170. Jim Malec
    August 5, 2008 at 4:15 am

    The forum is NOT a replacement of the blog comments. It’s a place where YOU can start topics and talk about whatever you want. it’s just an extension of the community, the main purpose of which is to allow user generated content.

  171. White Cleats
    August 5, 2008 at 6:15 am

    This is absurd. In the Facebook generation, no overweight, unfortunate looking female can have chart-busting multi-platinum career. This woman needs to go home and raise her kids instead of chasing a unicorn.

  172. mickers
    August 5, 2008 at 9:31 am

    i can’t remember, somebody help me. is gabe garcia hispanic? i’m pretty sure john rich mentioned it AT LEAST 80 TIMES LAST NIGHT. rich is an absolute moron. MAYBE gabe garcia doesn’t want to be defined as a ‘hispanic singer’. MAYBE he wants to be a…you know, country singer. but let’s go ahead and compartmentalize him. it’ll be so helpful.

    john rich–you are an embarrassment and a tool.

    maybe this show will simply stop now. it’s hurting america. it’s hairlipping Jesus. it’s only helping the terorists at this point. to all networks out there: please don’t bring this abomination back. for the children. please.

  173. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I realize that because of videos and such that weight is an issue for women who try to break into the business, but I miss the days when Trisha Yearwood, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Wynnona could get significant airplay despite their weight. I know the difference between those three women and Lawson is that they are dang good artists and Lawson is up for serious debate in that area, but that’s not what people are focusing on. They’re focusing on her weight. Furthermore, they’re not simply commenting on the reality that her weight will make it difficult for her to break into the business, but many people are contributing to what I see as a problem by going as far as making tasteless and tacky jokes about her weight. I’m not trying to be uptight, as I’m sure will be concluded here, but I do think it’s sad that weight is made to be such a target of public ridicule. If someone is too skinny (note that it’s always females who are being targeted with such force), speculations abound about her eating habits. Likewise, if someone is more than the deemed perfect weight, fat jokes are slung around with no sensitivity at all. It’s just disheartening that society is so shallow with no apologies. While weight isn’t one of my vices, I know plenty of people who struggle with their weight and I hate to think that their personalities and talents wouldn’t be considered just because of their weight. Furthermore, I hate the thought that they are probably being ridiculed because of their weight even more.

    Note:

  174. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Leeann,

    I think that if a “Big Vinny” of Trailer Choir can get a chance at success someone like Melissa should be able to have a shot as well. Music should be about talent. People will still watch the videos and buy the records. It’s the people who are in ‘charge’ who don’t want ‘real’ people on the charts. Melissa is actually more reflective of the population than a Kellie Pickler type of artist is.

    Sadly though, reality isn’t what perceived reality is. So we get more cookie-cutter types.

  175. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Matt B,

    I’m glad you’re on my side on this one.:) I agree that if it’s okay for a man to be overweight, the same standard should apply for women.

    I’d love to place the blame on the people in charge, but as far as I know they’re not the ones doing the tacky ridiculing on forums such as these, which is what helps to perpetuate the problem.

  176. Chris N.
    August 5, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Since when is it OK for a man to be overweight? I don’t see a whole lot of fat dudes burning up the charts.

  177. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

    For starters, Gary LeVox from Rascal Flatts, one of the most untalented acts out there.

    By the way, a strange chirping sound keeps coming from my computer when I’m on this site today.

  178. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Leeann,

    I’d argue that Vince Gill and Garth Brooks always do diets for album covers and award show appearances so they don’t look “overweight.” Then again by medical definitions if someone is definitions one can be obese and be only 20-50 pounds overweight. (defending your position w/r/t Chris).

    As for LeVox, he’s hardly “untalented.” he just over sings all the time.

    As for the stupid fat jokes on this site, that just goes to the tacky part of human nature. Even the best of people fall into that sometimes (even I do).

  179. Brody Vercher
    August 5, 2008 at 10:56 am

    In reference to the strange chirping sound: I guess the Taylor Swift ad that’s been appearing a lot lately has audio built in…

  180. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

    It’s not just this site, by the way. This site is just the only place I feel comfortable airing my annoyance.:)

    Oh, I didn’t even count Vince or Garth because they’re not exactly burning up the charts. They haven’t always lost weight for their TV appearances. I suppose LeVox may be talented, but he’s hardly one of the most talented and his weight is overlooked, which is a good thing. It’s not like I want weight to made an issue for men or anything; I just don’t want it to be a big issue for women either. Furthermore, I don’t believe people who make fat jokes are bad people by any means, I just don’t think it contributes positively to women’s body image, which is a huge problem these days.

    Ah, that Dang Swift!

  181. Stormy
    August 5, 2008 at 11:12 am

    By the way, a strange chirping sound keeps coming from my computer when I’m on this site today.

    I’m taking over the site with my army of crickets.

  182. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Leeann,

    I’m overweight and have had constant body image issues my whole adult (since teenage) life. I also read an article where men are more conscious of body image issues now because of stuff like “metrosexual” stuff.

  183. Rick
    August 5, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Advertising usually uses beautiful people because we are naturally attracted to such people and put off by people we deem unattractive. This same mentality applies to music artists as well, so the labels want artists that will attract the most favorable attention from the media and radio stations. Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift both prove how powerful this effect can be when there is some talent to back it up……..

  184. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 11:28 am

    …And I suppose Paisley’s “I’m Still A Guy” doesn’t help matters much.

  185. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Jim, I get that about the Forum but I hope it doesn’t cut into the material out here.

    As for music being about talent, well, I think it’s also about a big dose of fantasy. There is a reason rock stars are rock stars and “bad boys” do better selling country music. There is also a reason there are 4 men in country to every 1 women (or something like that.) We aren’t that different than the rest of the animal kingdom. If I am going to *watch* a singer on stage or in vid for some amount of time, I prefer a peacock to a chicken. That’s part of who we are as a species.

  186. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Yeah, that song doesn’t help. Especially since it basically equates hunting, fishing, and outdoors-y stuff to what a man is. Which many men aren’t, straight or not.

  187. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 11:56 am

    I suppose I’m a different kind of specy then. Likewise, I suppose there are many other people I know who are as well. I suppose I’m spoiled though. I’ve never heard either my father or husband ever make a joke about someone with a weight issue.

  188. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 11:59 am

    My father hasn’t either. He says “I love them all” when it comes to women but he would joke about his own weight and see a very large man and say “That will be me someday.” Which I always replied, “Dad, you will NEVER be that big and neither will I (since I’ve basically been the same size for about 10 years).

  189. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    They’ve never said anything dirrogatory about men or women with weight issues. My dad is heavy, but my husband isn’t. It’s interesting because my mom is heavy, but she doesn’t let it stop her from commenting on the weight of others, including my dad’s. If he ever dared to comment on her weight though…!

    Okay, now I’m just venting.

  190. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Okay, now I’m just venting.

    Yes you are, but that’s ok. You know this, but the world isn’t always what we want it to be. It is what it is, as they say.

    Now, I have to go build a deck. A deck on a lake, but it’s still heavy lifting. I wish I weighed 50 pounds less. Thank Buddha I have a large crowbar.

  191. Brady Vercher
    August 5, 2008 at 12:23 pm
  192. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    That song reminds me of my dad telling me about his mom. When he was little, she would try to get him to eat as much food as possible. Her other two kids were pretty skinny and frail, so she was extremely proud that my dad was more robust as a baby.

  193. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Funk, you’re right about that. I can be as idealistic as I want, but it doesn’t change much of the natural inclinations of the world.

  194. Brady Vercher
    August 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t think the inclinations are so natural. Being fat actually used to be a sign of wealth and therefore a little pudge was actually the preference.

  195. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Great point, Brady, i.e., Marilyn Monroe,. I’d like to think it’s not natural too, but so many people claim that it is….who am I to argue?:)

  196. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Brady, your comment reminds me of Fiddler on the Roof when the father is singing “If I Were A Rich Man” and he says that then his wife would have “a proper double chin.”

  197. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    Sorry for the tripple posts…

    I guess when I said “the natural inclination of the world”, I should have added “today” or “these days”.

  198. Hollerin' Ben
    August 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I may win the award for most insensitive of the day, but I’m not really overflowing with sympathy for performers who don’t bother to hit the gym regularly or eat right. I’m no Johnny flat abs myself, but the fact is that live performance has a visual aspect as well as a sonic one.

    I know that people like to point to the few precedents of gnarly looking country singers (waylon with his beard, jones and haggard on a binge)and say “look see, looks shouldn’t matter”, and I’ll be the first to say that too much emphasis is placed on looks these days (the bigger problem is that too little emphasis in on talent) but the fact is that being attractive was always something desirable in country music. It wasn’t about getting by on looks alone, but the stars always tried to maximize their attractiveness in order to be more impressive to the audience. The idea that a genre that gave us the nudie suit, and that embraced “big hair” in a big way is, as a rule, unconcerned with looks, is pretty silly.

    I don’t think that everyone needs to look like a model, or a movie star, or a famous singer, but models, movie stars, and famous singers should probably try their best to look the part.

  199. Paula
    August 5, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    ben, i think you’re right in the fact that in the past the country music stars worked at how they presented themselves. i miss seeing the ladies in the evening gowns and sequins (nowadays they all want to wear nightgowns and cowboy boots!) and the guys all wear jeans with holes and boots with cow stuff on them (as if cow stuff makes you more ‘country’). no one takes pride in their appearance any more – and i dont just mean their body size and shape, i mean taking a bath and combing their hair.

  200. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Ben, I never hit the gym and I certainly don’t eat right, but I’m not struggling with weight. On the other hand, I know many people who really try and they still have issues with their weight. Of course, eating right and exercising is important and I should give it a try sometime, but I think it’s unfair to simply assume that people who are overweight don’t try. I know that Toby Keith exercises all the time, according to his comments, but he isn’t model size.

  201. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    PS. While it’ may be true that stars should try to look their best, does it then make it okay for us to ridicule those who have weight problems? I mean, Lawson has been trying to lose weight, but she still gets ridiculed. I don’t have a problem with skinny people, model size people or overweight people. My problem is how they are treated. So, since they’re famous or trying to be famous, it’s right to make fun of their weight? It’s their fault for trying to worm their way in the business when they dare not to be model size?

  202. Matt B.
    August 5, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Leeann,

    I’m eating right and have cut out soda/pop from the diet. I’m by no means gargantuan but I do look as if I should be a NFL player at my ‘biggest. So I’m trying to work on it. It will take a while but I’ll get there.

    I do agree that people who ‘look good’ or at least mildly in shape are more likely to be hired for a job than even a person like me (and I do know my facial features/bone structure is desirable to people).

  203. Paula
    August 5, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    and the older you get the harder it gets. time and gravity are playing all sorts of tricks on my body.

    i’ve started eating better (and less) the past five weeks, and have been walking at the track with my mom (therefore you know know i am not running marathons, but i am moving, slightly). most nights she walks a mile and then sits patiently by while i walk another.

    i havent lost much weight, but i do feel better (and i dont have to suck in and lie flat on the bed to button my pants now!)

    :-)

  204. Hollerin' Ben
    August 5, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I know people who go to the gym and try to eat right and have a tough time as well, the difference is that these people generally don’t have access to personal trainers and dietitians. Also, staying fit is an extracurricular activity for them and not part of their career.

    Is it possible that Gary Levox, Montgomery Gentry, Toby Keith, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, etc etc all eat according to their dietitian’s instructions and follow the workout plan their trainer set’s forth and still can’t stay fit? sure it’s possible. Do I think that’s the case? nah man.

    I totally think that society is far too concerned with looks. People should be judged by the content of their character, not by whether they take the time to whiten their teeth, tan, dress stylishly, have cool hair, and be super fit.

    But performers have chosen to do something different with their life. Would country music be better if it held the same attitude toward aesthetics as folk music did? maybe. but up until now, country performers have been expected to look as good as they can (sometimes looking good meant looking shaggy and/or like an outlaw, but image was still an important factor)and I think it’s unrealistic for an artist to expect that to change because they are disinclined towards making the sacrifices it takes to be super fit.

  205. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    By the way, I agree that it is good for people to take care of themselves. I also agree that people with personal trainers have a great advantage over those who do not. I simply go back to my point that the ridicule isn’t fair. Sure, a reality check of “hey, this lifestyle isn’t healthy” or even “people respond better to good looking people” is one thing, but mean spirited ridicule seems to be out of line, but extremely prevalent and defended.

  206. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Indigo Girls. Excellent singer songwriters, harmony, musicians, the whole package. Also, lesbians, paunchy and you won’t find their faces on beauty magaines. This all equals a limited career. Them’s the facts, nothing more, nothing less.

    I wanted to be a pro baseball player. While I could hit, field and throw, I’m slower than Springtime coming to Alaska. I didn’t make the cut. Boo hoo. Probably could have played Arena Baseball if there was such a thing.

  207. Matt C.
    August 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with criticizing the physical appearance of entertainers. Like it or not, being physically attractive seems to be necessary for (especially female) country singers to succeed. It’s no more unreasonable to criticize a singer’s weight than to criticize their singing ability or a baseball player’s hitting ability. Being overweight or unable to hit a curveball doesn’t make you a bad person, but it does make you unsuited for certain pursuits.

  208. Hollerin' Ben
    August 5, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Leeann,

    I don’t know. I agree that personally ridicule is unacceptable, so if I saw Wynonna and was like “what happened to your career? did you eat it?” that would be out of line.

    but I draw a distinction between Montgomery Gentry or Wynonna as people and as performers/public figures.

    that being said, if someone made fun of Loretta for being older, or Billy Joe Shaver for wearing all denim all the time, I’d think that person was lame.

    so I guess that, for me, part of the “its ok to make fun of them” is that I think their music is kind of ridiculous.

  209. Hollerin' Ben
    August 5, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    haha, I’ll disagree with Matt C. as well (I guess I’m in a mood). I think an artists’ singing ability is far more important than their looks and the two should not be equally weighted when evaluating a performer.

    Naturally beautiful people who are mediocre singers are not, in my view, equal to rather plain people (who maximize their looks) who are great singers.

  210. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Oops, I didn’t realize weight affected someone’s ability to sing or their artistic abilities.

    While I acknowledge that criticising singers for their weight is the way things are these days, I don’t think that it’s the way it should be. Just because everyone’s doing it doesn’t make it right. Weight shouldn’t determine someone’s success for singing. Maybe modelling, but not singing.

    I realize I’m beating this subject to death, so I’m going to try to let this be my last comment on the subject. I know when I’ve been beat.

  211. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Oops, I didn’t realize weight affected someone’s ability to sing or their artistic abilities.

    It doesn’t. It affects the general public’s ability to watch them in a spotlight for 3 minutes or 1.5 hours. Or it affects the public’s willingness to invest that first 3 minutes.

    Did you ever hear the song “Video Killed the Radio Star?” Don’t blame The Buggles. Blame MTV.

  212. Matt C.
    August 5, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    It doesn’t. It affects the general public’s ability to watch them in a spotlight for 3 minutes or 1.5 hours. Or it affects the public’s willingness to invest that first 3 minutes.

    Funk is right. I don’t base my judgments of artistic merit on physical appearance, but we’re talking about more than that with Melissa Lawson: we’re talking about her ability to become a commercially viable country artist, and, like it or not, both artistic and physical traits are important in this regard. It’s perfectly acceptable to comment on Melissa’s weight in a conversation concerning her prospects for success as a major label recording artist.

  213. leeann
    August 5, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    It’s not comments or even the acknowledgement that it’ll be a struggle that is the problem for me, it’s the below-the-belt ridicule that’s offensive.

  214. Matt C.
    August 5, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Leeann, certainly it’s impolite, but why shouldn’t we be able to make fun of Melissa’s weight the same way that people make fun of Gary LeVox’s voice?

  215. Pierce
    August 5, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I’m an NCAA athlete and during the school year I do about three hours a day of practice. My diet requires me to eat a lot, so I’m not model-like. I’m pushing about 6’3″ 255, but that doesn’t mean I’m fat or unhealthy. I also naturally just have a big frame. I think this is the same case for Toby, Trace, etc. Those dudes are very healthy-looking.

    As far as Melissa Lawson goes, her main audience isn’t gonna be males… so maybe suburban moms will like that she’s “one of them”. I remember reading that girls liked Gretchen because her looks weren’t “initmidatingly” good. In other words, girls wouldn’t have to worry about their boyfriends gushing over Gretchen.

    That being said, just look at the number of modern country albums that have the artists face/body on the cover. Looking at some of my bro’s rock/punk/alt albums, not ONE of them have the band’s pictures on the front (most are art). Go figure. Image matters.

  216. Funk
    August 5, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Image and the size of one’s crow bar.

  217. White Cleats
    August 5, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Funk: “Did you ever hear the song “Video Killed the Radio Star?” Don’t blame The Buggles. Blame MTV.”

    Exactly. Throwing up Vince and Wynona as examples of singers who made it in spite of their looks is no longer relevant. Time have changed since those two were burning up the charts. In the last 5-8 years there is no female multi-platinum, award winning SOLO artist who is overweight or less than average looking. Zip, zero, zilch. Matt C said it up-thread about the audience being interested enough in the first 3 minutes to invest further — well in this YouTube/Facebook/MySpace celebrity blog saturated world, the fatties and the brown baggers can’t capture the [i]buying[/i] public’s attention anymore.
    The men get much more of a pass on this. Ain’t that right, Kenny?

    Ask Miranda. If she were thinner and more magazine cover worthy, she would have several number one hits and a multi-platinum record by now. It’s not the material — it’s her mass appeal. It’s the same reason why, in spite of her label’s desperate attempt to sexy her up, Gretchen has gone by the wayside.

    It isn’t right, it isn’t fair and the net effect is that we will likely never again see truly unique artists who have the power to leave their influence on generations of coming acts.

  218. White Cleats
    August 5, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Oh and Melissa is no Wynonna! Her voice is pedestrian and unstable at best. She’s more like a female version of Gary The Voice.

  219. Lynn
    August 5, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I just watched Kellie Pickler’s video for “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful.” Just imagine how much more genuine that would have been with Melissa singing it than Kellie! ;)

    I don’t know if Gretchen fell by the wayside because her appeal wasn’t sexy enough. I’d blame the music there.

    And Miranda Lambert is a gorgeous girl. If you ask me, she has the perfect image for country music. Cute but healthy and normal. Nothing fake. Give her time as far as album sales. Quality will win out in the end.

    As for Melissa, I won’t argue that she has a great voice, but I will argue that country music needs more variety – in all areas. However, let’s save this argument for a great artist…

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