Antioch resident wins reality show
Miller earns 'Ultimate Coyote Ugly' title
By BRAD SCHMITT
One out of three ain't bad.
Antioch's Mandisa Hundley got bounced from "American Idol," and Donald Trump fired Nashville's Charmaine Hunt about halfway through this season of NBC's "The Apprentice."
But on last night's season finale for CMT's "The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search," Nashville finally scored a win. Singer Kassie Miller of Antioch scored the title, $25,000 cash and a job at the Coyote Ugly bar on Second Avenue. (She starts tonight.)
"It was the most mentally and physically exhausting thing I've ever done. But it was incredibly rewarding, too," Miller said.
Miller, 23, hopes to turn the win and the TV exposure into a major record-label deal.
An Alabama native, Miller moved here five years ago to pursue her singer dreams, starting out at Lonnie's karaoke bar in Printers Alley.
That was a fun job but a costly one, too. Miller needed surgery after a couple of years because she was singing so much that she damaged her vocal cord. After that, Vanderbilt doctors told her not to sing for a year.
But Miller says she's back and vocally stronger than ever, getting ready to put together a demo CD and shop it on Music Row.
In the meantime, Miller said she looks forward to entertaining folks and slinging drinks at Coyote Ugly, a chain known for its bawdy, strong-willed bartenders who occasionally jump up on the bar to sing or dance for rowdy (mostly male) patrons.
Those who don't recognize Miller from the CMT show might know her from her stint on Fox reality TV show "Forever Eden" a couple of years ago.
You might see her at the bar, but you probably won't see her on TV anytime soon.
"You know what? Never say never, but as of right now, I've had all I need of reality TV," she said, laughing. "Maybe I'll get my own show one day."