I just realized why this show seems to have lost something - it has!! I remember watching season 2 (okay, I'll admit, other than this season, season 2 was the only other one I watched) and how they had judges selecting one out of two performers (or was it three?) to move on and then the viewers got to vote one or two wild card performers in. And then, each week, the singers had to select a song from different categories (Elvis songs, pop songs, origial song night - which happened much earlier in the competition or maybe the competition was just longer) and do the arrangement on them to make them country songs and their own country songs.Originally Posted by JLuvs;2233206;
The contestants also had to do things like visit children in a nearby hospital, etc., and that gave us a chance to get to know the contestants on another level. It was just a much more interesting show then, although I guess it did focus on the contestants as people and not just as singers.