Parents' Guide to

Nashville Star

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

American Idol goes country.

TV NBC, USA Reality TV 2003
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One difference in Nashville Star's favor is that it shows very little of the audition process (which can get mean-spirited on American Idol), instead focusing on the music. Viewers will see the process of song selection and the contestants' practice, struggles, and triumphs that lead up to the weekly performance and elimination. Judd is an industry veteran who provides many comforting words of wisdom to contestants. Cowboy Troy is a refreshing change from the typical country western star, with his unique brand of cowboy rap.

Clearly, the judges know the business, but their tips and advice tend to be vague and repetitive. Nashville Star is potentially okay for kids genuinely interested in country-western music or in performing, but parents need to be prepared to see skimpy outfits and listen to comments about sex appeal. Perhaps a better means to learn about this music is to dust off a Johnny Cash album.

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