The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show

Variety | 11/12/2018 | Cillea Houghton
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With so many options for music competition shows on television – “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “American’s Got Talent” among them — it’s high time the Country genre got its share of the spotlight. Enter: USA Network’s “Real Country,” a national showcase for promising artists hand-selected by panelists Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen, premiering Nov. 13.

It’s not the first time USA has developed a show for the country music-loving audience, and the network’s previous attempt, “Nashville Star,” had itself a successful six-season run and helped launch Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young. So what’s different this time around?

Talent - Country - Ranges - Group - Performers

The talent on “Real Country” ranges from group performers to established songwriters who come into the show with years of experience, whether penning hits for some of the genre’s most prominent names or touring as working musicians. Each episode features three acts selected by the panelists, with fans in the live audience voting throughout the episode who they want to advance. The contestant that wins in the individual episode advances on to the grand finale. The show is meant to serve as a method of support for burgeoning artists, who aren’t tied to any contracts or obligations to the network when they leave the series.

“It really gives them an opportunity to not only showcase their talent in a big way on a nationally televised show, but also reap all the benefits of whatever they’re able to walk away with as a result of being part of the show,” Tritt says of the format.

Panelists - Years - Experience - Music - Industry

Between the three panelists is 30 years of experience in the music industry, with each star offering a unique perspective. Tritt has a passion for artists embracing traditional country, while Owen carries the torch...
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