Nashville Star

TV review by
Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media
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American Idol goes country.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Lots of cleavage and songs about relationships. Some skimpy outfits.


Dialogue with judges can touch on how "hot" one looks.


Mention of record labels and other sponsors.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that since this show is geared for the young country crowd, outfits are skimpy, songs are usually about relationships, and conversations with judges frequently begin with "Darlin', you look hot." The producers of the series still seem to be looking for their own unique place in the reality TV genre. The show's format and hosts seem to change each season, settling on something very similar to American Idol.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byTsion April 9, 2008

An Average Yet Fun Show for the Family...

My brother is a Billy Ray Cyrus fan, so I learned about this show through him. I caught one on cable an episode one night while on vacation, and I thought the... Continue reading
Adult Written bychicabear April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 May 9, 2009
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

NASHVILLE STAR pits 10 country singing hopefuls against each other over the course of an eight-week competition, with the champion winning a record deal with RCA. Featuring live music from country superstars and a very participatory live audience, this series still hasn't garnered the same following as American Idol, despite the fact that producers have crafted a show very similar to its pop rival. Co-hosted by Wynonna Judd and Cowboy Troy. Regular judges include singer/songwriter Phil Vassar and industry player Anastasia Brown. The third seat is reserved for a rotating panel of guest judges, including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Hank Williams, Jr., and comedian Larry the Cable Guy.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the competitors' hard work, patience, and persistence. How do they make it look so easy, considering all the practice and physical, mental, and emotional challenges that go into each performance? Also, families can talk about all the attributes that make a good performance -- song, presence, personality. Would your kids ever want to try a competition like this? Why or why not?

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