Nashville Star Episodes

2003, TV Show

Nashville Star Episode: "Miranda Returns"

Season 5, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Former contestant Miranda Lambert makes a guest appearance.
Original Air Date: Jan 18, 2007
Guest Cast Miranda Lambert

January 18, 2007: It's a Hacker World Season 5, Episode 2

Now, I have to admit, I was flipping the channels on Tuesday night and stopped on American Idol, and who did I see sitting next to Paula Abdul? Jewel. And I thought, "What is she doing!" Whatever made her join the judging panel during those torturous auditions is beyond me, but her ability to keep a straight face was astounding - especially when one Idol wannabe decided to sing "If I Were King of the Forest" from The Wizard of Oz. I'm not joking, people.... There was purring involved. And that is the exact moment I changed the channel and prayed for Thursday, when actual singers show up. We're already down to eight contestants, and there are no cowardly lions in sight. Did anyone else notice how tiny Jewel looks next to Cowboy Troy? And let's throw out a thank-you to Anastasia for covering up this week. But enough small talk.... Did yoga really help Joshua Stevens' breathing? He definitely seemed more relaxed, and I did see actual exhaling after those long notes. He's so boyish to me - maybe a hat would help? - and I'm not sure his singing is as incredible as the judges are saying. I'm interested to see that saxophone, though. Whitney Duncan's mission this week was to engage the audience more. Well, 1) I've never seen hoop earrings that big in my life and 2) When Blake Shelton calls you "ugly" with that sparkle in his eye, you're doing something right. Safety No. 3 was David St. Romain, who I really enjoyed last week. As requested, the guitar was gone and Nashville slowed down to a nice, deep roll. He's got an edge in his voice, which makes it OK when each note isn't completely perfect. When Kacey Musgraves' name was called, I thought, "Well, that's got to mean Dustin won't make it," because the other three just had to stay, in my opinion. And then Kacey sang and I thought maybe she shouldn't have had the opportunity this week. I'm not sure if it was the song choice or the dull look in her eyes, but she's probably the next to go. At this point, I was starting to get nervous for the rest of the contestants. We needed Angela Hacker to liven things up: She looked younger, she sounded strong, and she owned the stage. By the way, is it gigantic-earrings night? Phew, Zac is back! He was my favorite last week, so I was glad to see him sing tonight. He really got into it, too, which was great... belting it out with his eyes closed, head shaking. I believed it. And when the last two were standing there, I'll never forget the look on Dustin's face after being voted off. He just stared down the middle of that audience with the coldest eyes I've ever seen. But I think he was the right choice. And Meg Allison really gave it her all after that, because she knew she had to. She definitely seemed happier this week, warmer even. Some of her movements still seemed rigid and nervous, but she picked the perfect song for her range, and she's still the girl next door. Randy was really harsh on her. I'm still laughing at Blake's comments, though, so I guess it's a good balance of judgment. Bottom line: The Hacker siblings are raising the bar mighty high. In fact, I wouldn't mind a head-to-head finale between those two. But for now, seven is the lucky number. show less
Now, I have to admit, I was flipping the channels on Tuesday night and stopped on American Idol, and who did I see sitting next to Paula Abdul? Jewel. And I thought, "What is she doing!" Whatever made her join the judging panel during those torturous auditions is beyond me, but her ability to keep a straight face was astounding — especially when one Idol wannabe decided to sing "If I Were King of the Forest" from The Wizard of Oz. I'm not joking, people.... There was purring involved. And that is the exact moment I changed the channel and prayed for Thursday, when actual singers show up.We're already down to eight contestants, and there are no cowardly lions in sight. Did anyone else notice how tiny Jewel looks next to Cowboy Troy? And let's throw out a thank-you to Anastasia for covering up this week. But enough small talk....Did yoga really help Joshua Stevens' breathing? He definitely seemed more relaxed, and I did see actual exhaling after those long notes. He's so boyish ... read more

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