Meet the 'Nashville Star' Finalists
12 acts vie for record contract on NBC show
The show is entering its sixth season -- and the first on NBC after five on corporate sibling USA. The two-hour premiere at 9 p.m. Monday (June 9) will introduce the 12 finalists, who range in age from 16 to 37 and include a few single parents, a U.S. Navy sailor who used leave time to audition for the show and a trio that didn't find out it made the cut until the day before the first episode taped.
Monday's premiere will be the only show of the season that's pre-taped; the rest will air live. The debut will also feature footage from auditions and a performance by rising country-music star Taylor Swift.
Billy Ray Cyrus is hosting the series this time, while former host Jewel has moved to the judging panel. She'll be joined by fellow singer John Rich of Big & Rich and songwriter and producer Jeffrey Steele.
Your 12 finalists are:
Name: Alyson Gilbert
Hometown: Crookstown, Minn.
Resides in: Jackson, Tenn.
Fun fact: Also studying veterinary science at the University of Tennessee-Martin.
Name: Ashlee Hewitt
Hometown: Lancaster, Minn.
Resides in: Nashville, Tenn.
Fun fact: One of 13 children.
Name: Charley Jenkins
Hometown: Roosevelt, Utah
Resides in: Murray, Utah
Fun fact: Lives in the same town as " American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta.
Hometown: Bangs, Texas
Resides in: Los Angeles
Fun fact: Single father of a 5-year-old daughter.
Name: Gabe Garcia
Hometown: Lyle, Texas
Resides in: Dickson, Tenn.
Fun fact: Left a job of 10 years to pursue his music dreams.
Name: Justin Gaston
Hometown: Pineville, La.
Resides in: Los Angeles
Fun fact: Has also worked as a model.
Name: Laura & Sophie (Laura Fedor and Sophie Zalokar)
Ages: 18, 16
Hometown: Willoughby, Ohio
Resides in: Willoughby, Ohio
Fun fact: Laura missed her high school graduation to be on the show.
Name: Melissa Lawson
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Resides in: Dalworthington Gardens, Texas
Fun fact: Has five sons.
Name: Pearl Heart (Amy, Angela and Courtney Krechel)
Ages: 20, 20, 17
Hometown: Florissant, Mo.
Resides in: Thompson's Station, Tenn.
Fun fact: Amy and Angela are twins.
Name: Shawn Mayer
Hometown: May City, Iowa
Resides in: Madison, Tenn.
Fun fact: Her hometown has a population of 45.
Name: Third Town (Jeffrey Fairchild, James "Little Tony" Kouns and Tony Mosti)
Age: 37, 29, 35
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Resides in: Las Vegas
Fun fact: Found out they made the top 12 a day before the first episode taped.
Name: Tommy Stanley
Hometown: Cushing, Okla.
Resides in: USS Kitty Hawk
Fun fact: Works as an engineer on the Navy ship.