Nashville, here she comes. Maybe.
Of 25,000 contestants, Anchorage singer Tabitha Scott is one of 230 still in the running for a spot on "Nashville Star,” an American Idol type TV competition for country singers on the USA Network.
In a few days, Scott expects to find out if she’ll make it to Nashville in November for the final round of auditions.
Scott’s already jumped through several fiery hoops, including a 25-page written interview, videotaped interview, and auditions in Oklahoma City -- one that was a cappella. Scott said since her idols are Faith Hill and Martina McBride, she stuck with power ballads for the auditions: “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Leave the Pieces.”
Apparently, the interview process for this show isn’t as pee-your-pants scary as the auditions for AI.
“You know, I loved it. The people there were so nice and … they love country music down there,” Scott said. “I had to practice in the hotel room, and people at the hotel all heard me through the door, so I got this great fan base in the hotel.”
Don’t feel bad if you can’t place Scott’s voice. She was born in Anchorage, and grew up singing gospel and country music, but her asthma prevents her from singing in smoky bars. She’s in the process of recording an original album, in anticipation that Anchorage’s smoking ban will open up more country music venues to her.
Plus, she’s too busy to gig every night: She’s got kids to wrangle. Five of them, in fact.
Scott doesn’t have gray hair like Taylor Hicks, but she is a 31-year-old mother/step-mother in a competition usually filled with barely-legal singles. She’s hoping Hicks’ win during last season’s AI means America is ready to look beyond teeny boppers.
“Nashville Star” kicks off its fifth season Jan. 11, with Alaskan-bred musician Jewel co-hosting with Cowboy Troy.
Keep checking Push Play to find out if Scott’s Nashville bound.