Miranda Lambert, reality TV star? It happened. In fact, the “It All Comes Out in the Wash” singer could be the OG reality TV gangster, if by “gangster” you mean the third-place finish on a (relatively) little-known cable show.
Before Carrie Underwood, before Scotty McCreery, before the one who won the last seasons of The voice, there was Lambert, proud to be a Texas teenager against competition nearly twice her age. Buddy Jewell would win Season 1 of Nashville Star on USA Network, and he would enjoy some hits. But it was Lambert who would benefit the most, even though she wouldn’t release a radio single until more than a year later and an album a year later.
In fact, Lambert would later say she was glad she didn’t win, and her explanation makes perfect sense. Can you believe how weighted this girl was before all the fame and success? This episode of The secret history of country music explores the 35-year-old’s early career, including the pageant she entered before her TV stardom and what is perhaps the worst of her albums – her words, not ours!
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