Nashville Star

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Monday Evening, Coming Down

Next is Gabe Garcia, a former electrician from a family the size of Texas. John Rich says in auditions that he could be a very important act for country music. Gabe takes us to his hometown, and we get to meet his cute grandma. Gabe is on the show to represent the Hispanic country music fans, and notes that there are no Hispanic country singers. Gabe sings "All My Exes Live in Texas," and does a good job. Jewel loved it, John Rich notes that he seemed nervous, but his voice is pure and great country music, and John wants to record it someday. Jeffrey wants to muss him up a little bit, but says that he's got a shot.

Next we have Alyson Gilbert, who is a redhead and also a wife. She studies animal science, and gets to shear sheep. Alyson's husband gave up his career to pursue hers, and she wants to prove that she has what it takes to go all the way. Alyson gets mad crazy eyes when she sings -- Simon Cowell would want to stab her in the face. She does a song which apparently is called "Suds in the Bucket" by Sara Evans. Jeffrey thinks she has a great voice and that she looks great. He notes that she sounds a lot like Martina McBride, and needs to work on being more herself. John tells Jeff that he's deaf. He thinks that Alyson ended strong, but she started off too much like a beauty pageant contestant. Thus the bug eyes. Jewel apparently used this pageant line already in rehearsals. She does an unfavorable impression of Alyson, and Alyson starts to look really sad. John Rich thinks she's in the running for elimination. Billy Ray tells Alyson that she's got the proudest husband in the state of Tennessee. Well, good for him for saying a nice thing to that poor woman.

Next we have Ashlee Hewitt, who comes from a family of thirteen. They live on a ranch in the middle of nowhere, and her dad was recently deployed to Iraq. That is sad times. Ashlee is sad to leave her family, but is ready to pursue her dream. She sings "Bubbly" by Colbie Caillat. I have to confess that I do like this song. I'm stupid, I know. Ashlee seems like a sweet girl, but her voice has a lot of odd affectations. John Rich loved it, though, and thinks she's really genuine. Jewel says that her sincerity and sweetness shone through, but that in the future they need to find a better way to showcase her voice. Jeffrey was a little disappointed, but thinks that there's something there. He hopes that she makes it to the next round.

Next is Charley Jenkins. He's a real cowboy, and has been roping and riding almost all his life. I didn't start roping and riding until at least my sophomore year of college. Charley's dad was diagnosed with cancer, and Charley went home to be with him. It was the best decision he's ever made, he said, as he got to spend two months with his dad before he passed away. Charley is ready to out-work everyone in the competition. He has a deep voice, and goes right into the audience as he sings, "I Like It, I Love It," by Tim McGraw. He's like the Taylor Hicks of Nashville Star. It's a little creepy. Jewel says that she didn't believe it. John Rich says that he likes Charley and likes his voice when he's not running around like a Garth Brooks impersonator. Jeffrey says he hated it, he hated it, he wants no more of it. But he thinks Charley has a really cool voice, and hopes that he'll make it through another week. Charley looks like he's about to cry. He should, of the shame. That was terrible.

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