With the advent of singing competitions that started with American Idol and then spawned spinoffs like America’s Got Talent and The Voice, it’s not surprising that many of the household names we have in country music today got their start on reality TV. Here are 10 country stars who earned their claim to fame on the small screen.
When Scotty McCreery first appeared on the 10th season of American Idol, the singer was more known for looking like the Mad Magazine guy than for his impressively smooth bass voice.
Meghan Linsey got her start in the music business on the show Can You Duet, as part of the duo Steel Magnolia. Their song “Keep on Lovin’ You” went to No. 4 on the charts. She later appeared on The Voice as a solo artist.
Joey + Rory
Joey + Rory won third place in CMT’s Can You Duet in 2008. The husband and wife team’s 2008 debut album The Life of a Song went to No. 10 on the country charts. Rory retired from performing after Joey’s untimely death from cervical cancer in 2016.
RaeLynn made it to the quarterfinals of The Voice on Team Blake, and her 2014 single “God Made Girls” made it to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
Kacey Musgraves appeared on Nashville Star in 2007, but didn’t have her first hit until 2012 when she released “Merry Go ‘Round.”
Country music superstar Carrie Underwood got her singing career started by winning the 4th season of the hit show American Idol. The show may have faltered since then, but Underwood has not, earning 14 No. 1 hits.
Miranda Lambert didn’t win the first season of Nashville Star when she went on the show in 2003, but she’s won a record eight consecutive ACM awards and two Grammys.
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