So what do we make of the mess that appears to be Nashville Star. They have good judges who are actually relevent to the current country climate but NBC then hires the producer of Tila Tequlila on VH1 to produce this show. Then, it's as if the judges STILL don't think country music will appeal to the masses when the best selling artists from American Idol are country artists. It's silly. NBC shot themselves in the foot here. They really should have had the 12 best COUNTRY contestents. But they didn't they chose people who looked good to them and then, to make things worse, actively looked for a "Zac Efron-like" boy of 16-23 years old to fill a demographic. These people didn't HAVE to audition for the show by waiting in lines. Instead, they were flown in and given a Top 12 slot. This person is a LA-based male model who is now known as 'underwear boy' on message boards.
This is sad to me because, as a fan of country music, I want good artists to come from a showcase like this, not the next autotuned, pitch-y, teen magazine pin-up. I had high hopes. I really did. The judges have to have the same feelings too, even if they cannot proclaim it due to contract obligations. This is a show that hasn't exactly done well in giving country music a new 'star' outside of Miranda Lambert and maybe Chris Young and Whitney Duncan. So, the producers have created a craptastic dud.