For some reason Tennessee, especially Nashville, has produced a representative sampling of Reality TV show contestants of late.
This year alone, there have been more than 40 local contestants (most from the Nashville area, plus a few from other parts in Tennessee) vying for the big prize on at least 9 different Reality TV shows.
Here’s who, where and when to watch to see if the hometown favorites win:
(Listed in order of the most recently announced Reality TV contestants)
Four Nashvillians make Top 36 on American Idol:
- Alyson Gilbert of Jackson, TN
- Shawn Mayer of Madison, TN
- Gabe Garcia of Dickson, TN
- Ashley Hewitt of Nashville, TN
- and a trio called Pearl Heart from Thompsons Station, TN
Hmmmm… I wonder which boutique. Does anyone know?
If you think you’ve seen him before, maybe you have. From his bio:
“He has done work with Hanes, Glamour, Abercrombie & Fitch, Finish Line (in Sports Illustrated), Macy’s, Target and many others. He currently appears in the Summer/Fall 2007 Hanes campaign.”
The Biggest Loser 4
Franklin, Tennessee resident, Isabeau Miller (21 years old) is on The Biggest Loser Season 4. According to her bio, “she feels the weight is holding her back from her final dream of singing professionally.”
31-year-old David Griffin is a husband and father of four from Cedar Hill, Tennessee who hopes to take control of his weight once and for all.
August 16, 2006 is the day viewers can vote on the winner.
Nashville Star 4
Chris Young is from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Reportedly, at 20 years of age, he’s a 6-foot-4 “old soul” in a young body who has a continuing love affair with traditional country music.
Check out this video of Chris performing a song he wrote.
American Idol 5
From Antioch, Tennessee Mandisa Hundley is a former Fisk Jubilee Singer who has performed with Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Take 6, Larnelle Harris, and Willie Neal Johnson & the Gospel Keynotes, among others.
Personally, I’m voting for my hometown girl, Mandisa from Antioch to not win American Idol this season. Because chances are, she’ll go much farther in her singing career if she’s an American Idol loser, rather than an American Idol winner! Here’s why. Plus, it’s obvious that she’s going to be a superstar anyway… She’s changed her name from Mandisa Hundley to just Mandisa. You go girl!
Check out Charmaine’s personal website.
More about Charmaine’s firing from The Apprentice here.
The Bachelor 8
The show’s finale took place just one week ago, with both the bachelor (Travis Stork) and the girl he chose (Sarah Stone) hailing from Nashville. It’s still hot HOT news around Nashville… and beyond!
Don’t miss all the behind-the-scenes scoop about these two!
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 3
Master Sergeant Luis Rodriguez & Family are from Clarksville, Tennessee. After Sgt. Rodriguez was injured in Iraq, resulting in the amputation of his leg (as well as several other injuries), his Clarksville home was too narrow and awkward to accommodate his crutches and new needs.
View all 48 pictures of the Rodriguez home… before and after!
Here is Ryan’s before & after video… she lost 55 pounds!
The Contender 2
Brent Cooper, a 31-year-old personal trainer from Hermitage, Tennessee and Jonathan Reid, a 32-year-old boxer from Nashville were both eliminated from the most recent season of The Contender.
Check out Melinda’s fan site.
…Apparently Chase Sampson of Nashville, Tennessee does not want to be a millionaire!