The last five singers get makeovers and work with photographers to create an album cover. Then, contestants each record a Sun Records standard, and personnel at Warner Music get the whole package and vote another singer out.
The last six singers visit Fort Campbell and meet troops returning from Afghanistan. The singers team with professional songwriters to write songs about the veterans' experiences, and the troops and their families vote one contestant out.
The nine remaining contestants form three trios and go busking on the sidewalks of Nashville's Lower Broadway. The trio that receive the smallest amount of tips must "sing to survive" in a bar, then one singer is eliminated.
Five men and five women compete for a chance at country-music stardom. In the opener, the finalists move into a music mansion and tackle their first challenge---turning a non-country hit into a country song.