Friday, June 20, 2008

Jewel Judges Reality Show “Nashville Star”

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Singer-songwriter Jewel is a judge on the reality show “Nashville Star.” She’ll joins John Rich of Big & Rich as a judge/mentor on the country music reality series, which premiered on June 9. Last year, Jewel hosted the national talent search, which seeks to find the next country music star. This year’s series is hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus.

“As a young artist, I really benefited from having great mentors like Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard. They took me under their wings and encouraged me to stand up for things that, as an artist, are important,” she said. “They constantly reminded me that an artist’s only concern is being great, not being famous. If you are truly great, success should follow.”

The 33-year-old singer, whose full name is Jewel Kilcher, says she’s honored to continue that tradition with “Nashville Star,” which switched to NBC this year after five seasons on cable’s USA Network. -- MSNBC

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