And then there were 12… It’s been a long and winding road to Music City USA in our search for our first-ever "Nashville Star." Over the next nine weeks, we’ll whittle down our group of 12 finalists until just one person is left standing with the title of "Nashville Star" and the realization of a lifelong dream: a major label country music recording contract. Here’s a look at what’s ahead:


Episode 1: THE ROAD TO NASHVILLE
Premieres: Saturday, March 8, 9PM ET/PT


In our 90-minute premiere episode, you’ll see the scope (and the madness) of the local round auditions: the long lines of auditionees, the radio stations involved, the local judges, and more. You’ll get to see some good, some bad, and some just plain ugly performances. Then, after the thousands have competed in our local competitions around the USA, we move on and take a look at those who to qualified for our five regional competitons, as our judges jet around the country to Los Angeles, Houston, Baltimore, Kansas City and Nashville. Along the way, various country music stars will offer their comments on what it really takes to make it in Nashville. Finally, after starting with thousands of potential stars, we’ll end up with our final group of 12, and you’ll watch as they prepare for their journey to the cradle of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, in hopes of winning a Sony recording contract.



Episode 2: NASHVILLE CLASSICS
Premieres: Saturday, March 15, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


In this special 90-minute episode, you’ll watch as our 12 contestants move into their house on Music Row and begin preparing for their first live performance on national television. Then we’ll go live to the Acuff Theatre, where all of our contestants will perform a classic country hit. Each performance will be followed by commentary from our judges and from this week’s guest star, Clint Black. After everyone has finished performing, our judges will proceed to eliminate the person they feel was the weakest performer - live on the air! Then the remaining 11 contestants will be presented to you, the viewing audience, and you’ll be given the opportunity to call in or log on and vote for your favorite performer.



Episode 3: STYLES OF COUNTRY
Premieres: Saturday, March 22, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


At the top of the show, we’ll reveal the final results of the previous week’s call-in and online voting, and then say goodbye to another contestant, live on the air! Then our remaining eight contestants will once again perform live at the Acuff Theatre, this time singing a song from the style of country music that they think suits them best. This round is unique opportunity for our contestants to represent their own musical backgrounds — they could end up singing anything from "Coal Miner’s Daughter" to "Sweet Home Alabama" to "This Kiss"! Each performance will be once again be followed by commentary from our judges and from this week’s guest star, Wynonna Judd. After everyone has performed, our judges will again eliminate the person they feel was the weakest performer, and then the remaining nine contestants will be presented to you, the viewing audience. You’ll once again be given the opportunity to call in or log on to vote for your favorite performer.



Episode 4: POP GOES COUNTRY
Premieres: Saturday, March 29, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


At the beginning of the show, we’ll again reveal the final results of the previous week’s call-in and online voting, and then say goodbye to yet another contestant live on the air. Then, live from the Acuff, the remaining eight contestants will perform a hit pop song. They’ll be able to perform anything from a song by The Eagles to a song by AC/DC, but there’s a twist: the song they choose must be "countrified" (for example, as the The Dixie Chicks did in their recent hit cover of "Landslide"). Again, each performance will be followed by commentary from our judges, and after everyone has performed, our judges will again eliminate the person they feel was the weakest performer. Then the remaining seven contestants will be presented to America, and you’ll have the opportunity to call in or log on and vote for your favorite performer.



Episode 5: ORIGINAL SONGS
Premieres: Saturday, April 5, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


As in previous weeks, we’ll reveal last week’s voting results, and someone else will be sent home. In this week’s episode, live from the Acuff, the remaining six contestants will get the chance to show off their songwriting ability. You’ll learn a little more about who they are as artists and the kind of stories they want to tell, as we learn about the inspiration for their original songs, see them working with top songwriters to perfect their music, and meet some of the folks back home who are rooting them on. As usual, each performance will be followed by commentary from our judges, as well as from this week’s guest star, Brad Paisley. But this week, there will be a major change: you, the voting public, will become solely responsible for choosing the next Nashville Star — the judges will no longer have the ability to eliminate anyone. After five weeks of getting to know these contestants, it’s once again up to you to call in or log on and vote for your favorite.



Episode 6
Premieres: Saturday, April 12, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


We’ll begin again by revealing the previous week’s voting results and sending someone home. What’s in store for the five contestants left standing this week is still being determined, but it’s safe to say you can expect some big surprises — and some big guest stars. Watch this space for more information, coming soon! As always, our judges will offer their opinions on each performance, but the end of the show, it’s up to viewers like you to cast your vote for your favorite performer.



Episode 7: NUMBER ONES
Premieres: Saturday, April 19, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


We’ll begin this week’s show with the remaining finalists’ reactions to the elimination of those who have been sent home so far - and learn which contestant they think should go next. Back live at the Acuff, we’ll reveal the latest voting results and send one more contestant packing. This week’s episode is all about #1 songs: contestants will sing a cover song that previously hit the top of the chart, and then debut a song written by a hit-writing songwriter. After rehearsing at famous local Nashville nightspots, each contestant will perform live at the Acuff and then get commentary from our judges. After recapping all of their performances, we’ll once again ask you, the audience, to vote for your favorite.



Episode 8: DUETS
Premieres: Saturday, April 26, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


We’ll begin by saying goodbye to one more contestant, and then we’ll watch as the three finalists who remain begin work on a very special duet. First, they’ll meet their duet partners: two top Nashville recording artists (one male, one female — tune in to find out who!). We’ll see them choose a song to sing and work together with their partner to get it right. Finally, live on the Acuff stage, we’ll get to see which hopeful Nashville Star is able to hold their own next to a real Nashville star. Our judges will once again offer commentary, but in the end, it’s up to you, the home audience, to vote for the performance you loved the most.



Episode 9: GRAND FINALE
Premieres: Saturday, May 3, 9PM ET(LIVE!) / 9PM PT


It all comes down to tonight! We’ll begin by revealing the results of the previous week’s voting and say goodbye to one of our final three contestants. Then we’ll be just minutes away from granting a recording contract to one of the 12 dreamers we first met in Episode 1! Each of the remaining two finalists will perform, and then it will be up to America to call in or log on and vote for their favorite. We’ll present a spectacular Tribute to Nashville concert featuring some of today’s biggest names in country music, and bring back all 12 of our finalists to witness the big moment. And finally, it will happen: someone will be crowned the very first "Nashville Star." It’s an event you won’t want to miss!