Jennifer Nettles (Superstar)
Who She Is: As half of country duo Sugarland, Nettles has topped the charts and won multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. In 2006, Nettles teamed up with Bon Jovi on the band's crossover hit, "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
Reality Show Cred: None.
Singing Competition Convert: "A couple of the producers approached me after the CMA Awards last year and said, 'Hey, we're going to be doing this new show. It's a music reality show competition,' and gave me the premise. At first I was hesitant. When I came through, I came up in a van, touring with five smelly guys up and down the Eastern seaboard, towing my own gear, playing the smoky bars, doing that whole scene – and so I was always a bit snooty, honestly, about television shows of this nature being an in route for someone to come into the major leagues of the industry.
The thing that attracted me the most is that the concept felt different. To be able to jump in the trenches with these contestants and perform with them and carry some of the weight of that responsibility, what a great opportunity."
Hometown Pride: "I found one [of my contestants] on YouTube and another through my own networking. He's from my hometown, he sings at my grandmother's church, he was in the same statewide performing arts troop that I was in. My mother said, 'You should really hear this guy. He sings at your nanny's church. He's really good.'"
Words to Live By: "I am not only interested in my contestants winning this, but I'm most interested in introducing America to two of the biggest new vocal talents that are out there right now. I really feel that strongly about them and their abilities and their capabilities of what they can do."