Live Blog: Nashville Star Season Six Finale
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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- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...