NASHVILLE STAR TO BEGIN AIRING IN MARCH AT GAYLORD OPRYLAND RESORT CONVENTION CENTER COMPLEX


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 25, 2003) — Expanding upon the popularity of other reality TV shows such as American Idol and Star Search, Nashville Star — a national country music artist talent search — will begin airing live on consecutive Saturdays from March 15 — May 3 at 8 p.m. These exciting live telecast competitions will be held in the BellSouth Acuff Theatre, adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry House, at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, and will air on USA Network. A special Nashville Star Vacation Package at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is being offered for $220*. The package includes two-night room accommodations; a ticket for a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Ryman Auditorium with lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon; a ticket for a ride on the Delta River Flatboat inside Gaylord Opryland; a ticket to the Grand Ole Opry; VIP seating for the taping of Nashville Star at the BellSouth Acuff Theatre; a ticket for a breakfast buffet at Rachel’s or the Cascades Restaurant; and a Gaylord Opryland VIP Coupon Book, valued at $250. For more information and to reserve your Nashville Star Package, please call toll-free 1-888-OPRY-872 or visit www.gaylordhotels.com.

A special Nashville Star Vacation Package at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is being offered for $220*. The package includes two-night room accommodations; a ticket for a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Ryman Auditorium with lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon; a ticket for a ride on the Delta River Flatboat inside Gaylord Opryland; a ticket to the Grand Ole Opry; VIP seating for the taping of Nashville Star at the BellSouth Acuff Theatre; a ticket for a breakfast buffet at Rachel’s or the Cascades Restaurant; and a Gaylord Opryland VIP Coupon Book valued at $250. For more information and to reserve your Nashville Star Package, please call toll-free 1-888-OPRY-872, or visit www.gaylordhotels.com.

Finalists were chosen from more than 8,000 contestants after 48 local competitions were held nationwide, and five semi-final regional rounds. Regional competitions were held in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Houston, Baltimore, and Nashville. From these regional competitions, 12 contestants were selected, during a taped show that will air on March 8, where the TV audience is shown the elimination process, and introduced to the chosen contestants. These 12 finalists will compete for a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville during the live, nine-week series. The finalists will live together in a fully wired Nashville house where cameras will record their day-in and day-out quest to become the next great country music sensation.

Finalists were chosen from more than 8,000 contestants after 48 local competitions were held nationwide, and five semi-final regional rounds. Regional competitions were held in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Houston, Baltimore and Nashville. From these regional competitions, 12 contestants were selected during a taped show where the TV audience is shown the elimination process, and introduced to the chosen contestants. That special taping will air on March 8 on USA Network. The 12 finalists will compete for a recording contract with Sony Music Nashville during the live nine-week series. The finalists will live together in a fully wired Nashville house where cameras will record their day-in and day-out quest to become the next great country music sensation.

Four permanent judges have been named for the series. These judges are Columbia/Lucky Dog recording artist Charlie Robison, renowned country music journalist Robert K. Oermann and Sony Music A&R/marketing consultant Tracy Gershon. There will also be a celebrity judge featured at each show. Clint Black will "mentor" the contestants through the tapings and will produce the album of the final winner.

Nashville Star is created and produced by Reveille, run by Ben Silverman, George Verschoor (The Real World, Murder in Small Town X) and his production company, Hoosick Falls Productions, is executive producing in association with Reveille. For more information about Nashville Star, visit www.usanetwork.com

About Gaylord Opryland Nashville

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is a property of Gaylord Entertainment, a leading hospitality and entertainment company based in Nashville, Tenn. Gaylord Entertainment owns and operates Gaylord Hotels branded properties including Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center and the Radisson Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. The company’s entertainment brands include the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, the General Jackson Showboat, the Springhouse Golf Club, the Wildhorse Saloon, and WSM-AM, WSM-FM, and WWTN Radio. Gaylord Entertainment’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GET. For more information about the company, visit www.gaylordentertainment.com.

*Rate is per person, plus tax, based on double occupancy. Extra nights are available at prevailing rates.