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Shania thanking fans for watching "Real Country".

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New @RealCountryTV airs TONIGHT at 10/9c on @USA_Network! If you haven't seen Episode 1 yet (what!?) get caught up now: usanet.tv/2zOpHeI #RealCountryTV

11:10 AM ET - 20 Nov 18

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***Click HERE to watch Episode 1 ("Drink Up And Party Down").



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Shania Twain @shaniatwain

Okay @realtravistritt you may have won last week but watch out - @kyliefrenchfrey has SO MUCH talent! Tune in to @realcountrytv tonight at 10/9c on @usa_network and see for yourself! #RealCountryTV

Video message from Shania - https://www.instagram.com/p/BqapjoulOfV/

4:01 PM ET - 20 Nov 18

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***I will be posting tonight's episode shortly after 11:00pm ET.***



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Real Country FULL EPISODE 2 | Hitting The Road | on USA Network

November 20, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC8t4-NJwtM

***Available via Google Drive for international viewers.

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***Next week "Real Country" is airing Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

YES! 😍😍😍 My girl @kyliefrenchfrey is onto the next round ❤️ I’m so proud. #RealCountryTV @RealCountryTV

11:05 PM ET - 20 Nov 18

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"Real Country" has had awful TV ratings the first two weeks.

"Real Country" premiered with a 0.23 share/1 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-111318-real.html

In week 2, "Real Country" fell to a 0.17 share/0.76 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112018-guest-book.html



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Real Country | Episode 2 Winner Profile & Performance: Kylie Frey

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Real Country | On Week 3 Of Real Country

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"Real Country" is airing two episodes next week. Tuesday and Wednesday.



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Real Country @RealCountryTV

Who will win this week? All-new #RealCountryTV. Tuesday and Wednesday at 10/9c. @USA_Network.

Promo clip - https://twitter.com/RealCountryTV/status/1066360799466123265

11:00 AM ET - 24 Nov 18

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We have TWO new episodes of @RealCountryTV coming your way next week so you better make sure you're all caught up! 📺 @USA_Network, Tue & Wed at 10/9c.

1:30 PM ET - 25 Nov 18

http://twitter.com/ShaniaTwain

***Click HERE to watch Episodes 1 and 2. I will post Tuesday and Wednesday's episodes both nights around 11:30pm ET.



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Real Country | FIRST LOOK - Dave Kennedy Performs “Willin'”

Travis’s Pick Dave Kennedy performs Little Feat's “Willin'” on Real Country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDiVcXSwsKI


Real Country | FIRST LOOK - Larry Fleet Performs “I Drive Your Truck”

Jake’s Pick Larry Fleet performs Lee Brice's “I Drive Your Truck” on Real Country.

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Shania Twain, Jake Owen, Travis Tritt search for 'Real Country' star

By Cindy Watts | Nashville Tennessean | November 26, 2018

Country singers Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen know what it takes to make it in the music business, and now they’re putting their collective knowledge to use in search of the genre’s next star.

The star-packed trio serves as panelists on USA Network’s new country music showcase and talent competition, “Real Country,” which airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Each celebrity selected a group of contestants to go head-to-head with singers chosen by the other two stars. Three up-and-comers perform per episode, and a combination of guest panelists and audience vote determines the winner. At the end of the season, the winners from each episode will compete to win $100,000 and a performance spot on the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’ve been in the industry 45 years,” Twain said. “I think by now I know what the audience wants. I’m not here to please the industry. I’m here to get out there and do music that connects with people. I’m doing this show to take action toward change. This — art, music — should be all about inclusion. There’s no room for exclusivity in art. Art is a form of expression, communication between artist and public.”

Filmed in Nashville, "Real Country" contestants include singer-songwriter Jamie Floyd, who wrote Ashley Monroe’s “The Blade”; Jaida Dreyer, who penned the Luke Bryan, Karen Fairchild chart-topper “Home Alone Tonight”; and popular Nashville performer Scooter Brown.

“Everybody that I worked with, from the producers to the artists, everybody was great,” Brown said of his experience on “Real Country.” “Any artist they had on the show on any given day could have won, depending on who was in the audience. For Travis to pick me for the show meant a lot, and to see his reaction to my performance made it all worth it. I’d do it again.”

Tritt explained the singers who were selected to appear on the show “aren’t rookies” and that they know who they are as artists and where they fit into the creative landscape.

“We’re giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a huge audience across the world on television,” Tritt said. “I feel very confident that there’s going to be record label deals, there’s going to be publishing deals, there’s going to be booking agent deals that come because of this show.”

For more information on “Real Country,” visit www.usanetwork.com/realcountry.

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/11/26/real-country-usa-judges-shania-twain-jake-owen-travis-tritt/2119623002/



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Real Country @RealCountryTV

Three new rising stars take the stage. Who will make it to the finale? #RealCountryTV is all-new TONIGHT at 10/9c.

https://twitter.com/RealCountryTV/status/1067494334956781569
https://twitter.com/RealCountryTV/status/1067494337020379144
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2:04 PM ET - 27 Nov 18

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Shania Twain On Why She's Confident 'Real Country' Will Find the Genre's Next Superstar

By Taylor Weatherby | Billboard | November 27, 2018

Shania Twain has long been one of the world’s biggest superstars, and though she’s still in the game herself -- she put out her first album in 15 years just last year -- she’s now looking to foster the new generation of country musicians. The 53-year-old is an executive producer and co-panelist on USA Network’s Real Country, a reality competition series that Twain says differs from other shows by focusing on the whole package.

“We’re really trying to get down to the core of what makes a star,” says Twain, who stars on the show's panel alongside Jake Owen and Travis Tritt. “I believe that it isn’t just the voice, it isn’t just the image, it isn’t just the song. To me, it’s all about what is real about the artist, and how well they can communicate that to the audience.”

Real Country also tests its hopefuls in real time, letting the studio audience help determine who wins each of the seven showcase episodes. Those who come out victorious earn a $10,000 prize and a chance to perform at Stagecoach in 2019; they also move on to the grand finale episode, where the winner will receive $100,000 and a chance to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Yet Twain stresses that the show is less about crowning champions and handing out prizes and more about giving artists the exposure they deserve.

"What I love about the fans judging is only they know whether they’re being reached and whether it’s resonating with them or not," Twain says. "So I do believe that it will play out that way, and I believe we’re going to find the next country music star."

The first season of Real Country kicked off Nov. 13, with each episode airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on USA Network. Below, Twain tells Billboard about the inspiration for the show, how she relates to the contestants and what it takes to mint country's next superstar.

What’s your biggest goal with Real Country?

My goal and passion behind this is to discover genuine stars. We have a lot of really talented singers and songwriters out there, but not a lot of superstars. I’m on a mission to find an original. Today, sometimes I’m not even sure if I can tell the difference between one guy and another on the radio. And, there’s a lot of amazing guys on country radio, but not enough amazing girls on country radio. So we need to let the top artists in regardless of gender, age -- I’m really bored with the discrimination, and I want more diversity. That is what Real Country’s all about, to represent artists who might not get the chance because of the condition of our industry right now.

What have you learned from the experience so far?

I've learned a lot about myself, more than anything. I’m still learning about myself with this process. I’m a lot more passionate about the performers than I thought I would be. I thought I would be a little more neutral. Not that I thought I would be passive, but I thought I would be a little more official! [Laughs] I get wrapped up in the whole thing! And because [the artists are] professional already in their own right, it demands respect from us, and I really appreciate that. So it’s not like I feel like some kind of authority. It’s very different from the other shows, in that sense.

Each episode features celebrity guests, from icons like Big & Rich to newer faces like Devin Dawson. Were there any guests that were particularly fun to have around?

Hunter Hayes was a really super sharp, impressive guy. [Having him on the show] just reminded me that we don’t often get to know the artist, we get to know the music and them on stage. And of course, Wynonna [Judd] -- my favorite female country artist of all time, outside of Dolly Parton, of course! [Laughs] She was incredible.

It was very equalizing, being together up there [with other artists]. Somebody like Kane Brown, he’s a little bit shy, and sitting beside me I’m thinking to myself, "I’m probably scaring this person." [Laughs] The beauty is that we’re all just so different, and I’ve just really enjoyed getting to know them a little bit better.

Each episode spotlights music with a particular theme. What's been your favorite so far?

The drinking songs night [officially titled "Drink Up And Party Down"] was really fun, because so much of my childhood was spent, ironically, singing in bars. I’ve done every drinking song you can imagine -- one of the very first songs I ever wrote when I was about 10 was a song called “Ma and Her Wine.” I’d never heard [Deana Carter's] “Strawberry Wine” before that, but this was a sad ballad about an alcoholic mother. My mother wasn’t an alcoholic, I was just making it up, but I was already relating to the sad elements and the connection to alcohol and suffering and all that sort of stuff. It was fun to revisit a lot of those songs and be back in that spirit.

You've previously said, “I want artists to be motivated by what they want to do.” What motivated you when you were starting out?

You have to be true to yourself at all costs, and it can mean risking your future. But I always figured I could always go back to singing in bars, so that was always there. I wouldn’t have changed the risk for anything, because who wants to make it as something that they’re not? I can’t imagine anything more treacherous than that. Being a follower is not being an artist. A true artist is somebody who does their own thing at all costs. And that’s what I did.

I was really only out to do my thing. I wasn’t trying to make any other points, but now, as a supporter of new talent, I’m out to find like-minded thinkers. I’m out there to find artists or give an opportunity to artists that are also saying, “I am what I am, this is my truth, and I’m going to risk everything to do it.”

What would you consider the most “real country” thing about you?

The most real country thing about me is the fact that I learned to be a songwriter through my country music heroes. They were my songwriting professors, people like Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson. Look at a song like “I Will Always Love You” -- this is a cross-genre, universal classic. Dolly Parton was one of my teachers -- who doesn’t realize it! [Laughs] My songwriting education is the most country thing about me.

Now that you've checked executive producing a TV show off your list of achievements, what's next?

I want to do more acting, because when you’re acting, you’re not yourself, and it’s kind of awesome to step out of yourself and be someone else just for a minute. I could see myself doing more of that. I’ve already been skydiving, so I don’t think I’m going to jump out of a plane again. [Laughs] I’ve crossed that one off my list.

Taking chances and being out of the comfort zone is really something that I’m enjoying. It’s the way I live my life. I know what it’s like to be rejected -- I definitely had a hard time when I first started out. I just feel an inner strength and feel stronger when I’m taking on new challenges -- I feel motivated by challenge, it’s exciting, it’s fun. I’ve done a few interesting things out of my comfort zone the last few years, like acting, and now with Real Country, I’m like, “Okay, I’m taking on this mission, and all I really have is passion behind it, and a great audience out there to connect with.”

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8486502/shania-twain-interview-real-country-show



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Real Country FULL EPISODE 3 | Living Country | on USA Network

November 27, 2018

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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

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Who watched last night's @RealCountryTV? So much talent - @DavissonBroBand, @DaveKennedyJr & @jaidadreyer!! We're back again TONIGHT on @USA_Network 10/9c 📺

9:44 AM ET - 28 Nov 18

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Real Country FULL EPISODE 4 | American Spirit | on USA Network

November 28, 2018

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Real Country | Shania Twain Host Profile | on USA Network

Join Real Country panelist Shania Twain as she shares her where her music career began. For more, go to: realcountry.tv.

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Is this video available anywhere else for the fans outside the USA?

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"Real Country" has moved to Monday and Tuesday night at 11:00pm ET. Ratings must be really bad.

Real Country @RealCountryTV

This week, it's double trouble, baby! #RealCountryTV is all-new Monday and Tuesday at 11/10c on @USA_Network.

Preview - https://twitter.com/RealCountryTV/status/1069259901594099712

11:00 AM ET - 2 Dec 18

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"Real Country" has moved to Monday and Tuesday night at 11:00pm ET. Ratings must be really bad.



It was expectable - who will watch a TV show where the voting is fairly given to the public and no one offends anybody - too boring. That's sad because I like the idea - as I said, it's fair.



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Tanya wrote:
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"Real Country" has moved to Monday and Tuesday night at 11:00pm ET. Ratings must be really bad.



It was expectable - who will watch a TV show where the voting is fairly given to the public and no one offends anybody - too boring. That's sad because I like the idea - as I said, it's fair.


 What was expected? Tommy has no clue what the ratings are. IT is a new show and I have seen many comments on Twitter  from fans that love show . Tommy makes a huge assumption that ratings are real bad because this week schedule changed lol  It could be for a number of reasons lol   My guess it is doing just fine for a new show and there will be a second season 



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"Real Country" has moved to Monday and Tuesday night at 11:00pm ET. Ratings must be really bad.



It was expectable - who will watch a TV show where the voting is fairly given to the public and no one offends anybody - too boring. That's sad because I like the idea - as I said, it's fair.


 What was expected? Tommy has no clue what the ratings are. IT is a new show and I have seen many comments on Twitter  from fans that love show . Tommy makes a huge assumption that ratings are real bad because this week schedule changed lol  It could be for a number of reasons lol   My guess it is doing just fine for a new show and there will be a second season 


Kevy, I guess you missed this post: 

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"Real Country" has had awful TV ratings the first two weeks.

"Real Country" premiered with a 0.23 share/1 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-111318-real.html

In week 2, "Real Country" fell to a 0.17 share/0.76 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112018-guest-book.html


And week 3 wasn't much better. 0.21 share and still off the Top 25 chart. As I said, the ratings are awful.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112718.html

"Real Country" weekly ratings - http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html



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Tommy wrote:
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"Real Country" has moved to Monday and Tuesday night at 11:00pm ET. Ratings must be really bad.



It was expectable - who will watch a TV show where the voting is fairly given to the public and no one offends anybody - too boring. That's sad because I like the idea - as I said, it's fair.


 What was expected? Tommy has no clue what the ratings are. IT is a new show and I have seen many comments on Twitter  from fans that love show . Tommy makes a huge assumption that ratings are real bad because this week schedule changed lol  It could be for a number of reasons lol   My guess it is doing just fine for a new show and there will be a second season 


Kevy, I guess you missed this post: 

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"Real Country" has had awful TV ratings the first two weeks.

"Real Country" premiered with a 0.23 share/1 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-111318-real.html

In week 2, "Real Country" fell to a 0.17 share/0.76 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112018-guest-book.html


And week 3 wasn't much better. 0.21 share and still off the Top 25 chart. As I said, the ratings are awful.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112718.html

"Real Country" weekly ratings - http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html


 Actually i have a busy life so yea i missed that post and don't see every post. But i don't care about ratings and not obsessed with it. Sometimes it takes a while for a new show to connect and take off, it happens all the time.  There is lots of great talent on that show and so much more talent than AI but it is on a cable channel and just trying to get its footing. I think it will do fine in the end. But like i said i don't obsess over ratings and i know Shania wants it to do well.  YOu seem to be really negative almost rubbing it in that the first three weeks of her new show had not great ratings instead of being supportive and saying i hope the ratings pick up and it catches on. I don't think i wil be posting here anymore, i have a busy life and and active life with positive fun people. Good luck with y our site.



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As usual, I'm not being "negative". Just giving info and facts. I have nothing against the show. It's pretty good. How the hell is a show that already has awful ratings supposed to catch on if it's moved to 11:00pm? To me, that means the show is dead.



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Shania Twain @ShaniaTwain

The @RealCountryTV fun starts again tonight! You gotta check out my pick for the Country Loving themed episode, Riley Thompson 😍 Tune in tonight AND tomorrow at 11/10c only on @USA_Network. #RealCountryTV

Preview - https://twitter.com/ShaniaTwain/status/1069727982950858753

6:00 PM ET - 3 Dec 18

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***Click HERE to get caught up on the first 4 episodes. I will post tonight and tomorrow's episodes as soon as possible.



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I managed to catch a couple of episodes when I was visiting my parents, and I kind of enjoyed the show. Sad that it seems to be not doing well.

But, as far as ratings, I mean we have to look at what the show is. A music competition, specifically around country music, with two of the judges as 90s stars (rather than current hitmakers), on a channel that I'm not even sure I get with my cable. I feel like 75k is pretty good for this kind of show. But I'm also not a TV exec so idk how many viewers they'd need to renew the show.

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Real Country FULL EPISODE 5 | Country Loving | on USA Network

December 3, 2018

***Available via Google Drive for international viewers.

http://www.shaniasupersite.com/shania_news_realcountry-season1.html

***Schedule of remaining episodes:

Episode 6: Tonight at 11:00pm ET on USA Network.

Episode 7: Monday, December 10 at 11:00pm ET on USA Network.

Episode 8: (90-minute Finale: The 7 winning artists compete for the grand prize - $100,000 and a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry) Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00pm ET on USA Network.



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Real Country FULL EPISODE 6 | Inspiration And Faith | on USA Network

December 4, 2018

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***Schedule of remaining episodes:

Episode 7: Monday, December 10 at 11:00pm ET on USA Network.

Episode 8: (90-minute Finale: The 7 winning artists compete for the grand prize - $100,000 and a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry) Tuesday, December 11 at 11:00pm ET on USA Network.



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Real Country | On Week 5 Of Real Country | on USA Network

This week Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt welcome special guest, Sara Evans.

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"Real Country" has had awful TV ratings the first two weeks.

"Real Country" premiered with a 0.23 share/1 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-111318-real.html

In week 2, "Real Country" fell to a 0.17 share/0.76 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112018-guest-book.html


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And episode 3 wasn't much better. 0.21 share/0.77 million viewers and still off the Top 25 chart.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112718.html

"Real Country" weekly ratings - http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html


Episode 4: 0.12 share/0.47 million viewers
Episode 5: 0.24 share/0.68 million viewers

http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html



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Real Country | FIRST LOOK: Micah Woods Performs Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You”| USA Network

Shania's Pick Micah Woods performs Dolly Parton's “I Will Always Love You” on Real Country. Watch Real Country Mondays and Tuesdays at 11/10c on USA Network.

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.@JakeOwen is taking you down to the honky tonk! Don't miss season finale week of #RealCountryTV, Monday and Tuesday at 11/10c on @USA_Network.

Preview - https://twitter.com/RealCountryTV/status/1071796616812625921

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It’s good to be #TeamShania! It's the penultimate @RealCountryTV episode tonight at 11/10c. Be sure to catch our Heartbreak & Revenge themed episode with guest judge, @saraevansmusic and my incredible pick @micahtwoods! 😍 The FINALE is TOMORROW. @USA_Network. #RealCountryTV

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Shania Twain discovers 'Real Country' singer in Brooklyn hotel

By Meghan Giannotta | am New York | December 10, 2018

Aspiring singer Micah Woods thought he’d become white noise to the patrons at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo where he’d been playing covers bi-weekly since 2017.

“It was just one of those gigs where most people weren’t really listening,” Woods, 25, says.

Except, four-time Grammy winner Shania Twain was.

The "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" singer was hiding in the crowd one evening this past summer as Woods performed his rendition of “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes, he later found out. Twain, a judge of USA Network’s new reality competition series “Real Country,” tells the story of how she hand-selected Woods to appear as a contestant on an episode airing Monday night.

“I heard the story from her now,” Woods, a Bedford-Stuyvesant resident, says. “She said she’d gotten out of the elevator to go to sound check and ‘heard the voice of an angel.’ She said she was like, ‘I have to go see what this girl looks like.’ She turned the corner and saw me, a bearded black man.”

Twain was staying as a guest at the hotel ahead of her Barclays Center concert in July. “I remember so vividly now she sent her husband [Frederic Thiebaud] up to me and he asked me to play a few more country songs,” he explains.

The next day, Woods received an email from the casting producers behind “Real Country,” requesting he appear alongside 20 other singers on the then-upcoming series that offers the chance to win up to $100,000 and a spot at Nashville’s historic Grand Ole Opry.

“It’s like one of those New York stories you don’t really hear about happening anymore,” says Woods. “I was in disbelief. I’d been working so hard with performing in the city and putting myself out there as much as I can, so to get recognition from someone I looked up to as a kid makes it so worth it.”

Woods grew up in Los Angeles, California, and moved to Brooklyn three years ago to pursue a career in music. While many other contestants on the show have Nashville backgrounds, Woods says he wouldn’t trade his experience trying to break into the niche genre of country music in a city known as the birthplace of hip-hop.

“It has its challenges, obviously, because not every venue here wants to host a country music singer considering what’s running the charts right now,” he explains. But the singer found a way to make it work, mixing sounds of pop and soul into his country covers.

He landed gigs at popular local venues including The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall and The Bowery Electric, earning him the title of “Brooklyn’s new star,” according to the New York Post.  

But his biggest break came on July 14 when Twain left her hotel room for her Barclays Center sound check. In the midst of a tour promoting her latest album, “NOW,” the ’90s country star was also seeking out talent to for the mold she was looking for in terms of breakout “Real Country” talent.

“I’m interested in bringing back diversity to the genre,” Twain, 53, says in the episode. And Woods, in essence, does just that.

“Being a black, gay man, making country music is about as diverse as it gets,” he laughs, “and it’s something I don’t want to shy away from. As scary as it is to think there are many people who won’t listen to my music because of that, there are also a lot of kids who I hope are watching and saying, ‘He looks like me. He talks like me.’ ”

Breaking away from his cover-track days, Woods has recently released his own single that blends together what he says makes him unique. “Chasing Boys,” which hit Spotify on Nov. 16, tells an LGBTQ love story that’s gone largely untold in the country genre, with the exception of tracks like Kacey Musgraves’ "Follow Your Arrow," Luke Bryan's "Most People Are Good," and Garth Brooks’ "We Shall Be Free."

“ ‘Chasing Boys’ is a queer country song, which isn’t done very often, and my manager and I were like, I just don’t know if people are going to listen to it, if it’ll be accepted in the scene,” he says.

So far, his track has landed him on a Rolling Stone roundup of the “10 Best Country, Americana Songs of the Week” and he’s been applauded by Twitter fans who say they’re happy to see themselves represented in a country track.

“To be accepted feels amazing … I really want to have the chance to share my music with as many people as possible,” he says. Currently recording an EP, he hopes to head out on tour after his “Real Country” appearance and eventually open for a star such as Musgraves or Twain.

Woods will appear on “Real Country” Monday night at 11 p.m.

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Real Country FULL EPISODE 7 | Heartbreak And Revenge | on USA Network

December 10, 2018

***Available via Google Drive for international viewers.

http://www.shaniasupersite.com/shania_news_realcountry-season1.html

***Schedule of remaining episodes:

Episode 8: (90-minute Finale: The 7 winning artists compete for the grand prize - $100,000 and a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry) TONIGHT December 11 at 11:00pm ET on USA Network.



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Can't believe the @RealCountryTV finale is tonight 😭 It's been such a pleasure and a privilege to showcase new talent in Country music. I can't wait to see what 2019 brings for all the artists we've had on the show! Tune in 11/10c on @USA_Network 📺 (Shania at Grand Ole Opry in Nashville)

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Real Country FULL EPISODE | Season 1 Finale | on USA Network

December 11, 2018

The 7 winning artists compete for the grand prize - $100,000 and a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry.

***Available via Google Drive for international viewers.

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Insane that @RealCountryTV season one is over already 😭 If you want to relive it (like me 😂), you can watch the whole season right here: usanet.tv/2zOpHeI @USA_Network

12:05 PM ET - 18 Dec 18

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***Click HERE to watch Season 1.



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"Real Country" has had awful TV ratings the first two weeks.

"Real Country" premiered with a 0.23 share/1 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-111318-real.html

In week 2, "Real Country" fell to a 0.17 share/0.76 million viewers.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112018-guest-book.html


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And episode 3 wasn't much better. 0.21 share/0.77 million viewers and still off the Top 25 chart.
http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/tuesday-cable-ratings-112718.html

"Real Country" weekly ratings - http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html


Episode 4: 0.12 share/0.47 million viewers
Episode 5: 0.24 share/0.68 million viewers

http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html


Episode 6: 0.14 share/0.49 million viewers
Episode 7: 0.16 share/0.49 million viewers
Episode 8 (finale): 0.12 share/0.39 million viewers (Lowest rating and lowest number of viewers of the season)

http://www.thetvratingsguide.com/2018/11/real-country-season-1-ratings.html



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Join Real Country panelist Shania Twain as she shares her where her music career began. For more, go to: realcountry.tv.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMFnTjGQXmE


 What is she saying: "When i first came to Nashville I was the fast talking..." WHO?



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Join Real Country panelist Shania Twain as she shares her where her music career began. For more, go to: realcountry.tv.

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 What is she saying: "When i first came to Nashville I was the fast talking..." WHO?


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'Real Country' finalist Kylie Frey talks about Shania Twain, performing at Stagecoach and what's in store for 2019

In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Kylie Frey talks about her experience on 'Real Country' and how excited she is to perform at Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival

By Rachel Windsor | MEAWW | December 30, 2018

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Former rodeo queen Kylie Frey was one among the contestants for USA Network's reality music competition series, 'Real Country'. She was on Five-time Grammy award-winning artiste Shania Twain's team and was one among the finalists for the show as well. She won episode 2 with a total of 4.5 stars from the studio audience which resulted in her getting $10,000 and a performance at Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival. Though Frey did not win the finals of the reality music competition series, she sure is already busy creating new music.

Before she could enter into the music scene, Frey was a goat tier, breakaway roper, and a rodeo queen. No one in her family came from a music background and her love for singing emerged ever since she was a little kid.

Playing her songs on the back of a tailgate after a rodeo was her first taste of the stage and that is what got her hooked. Apart from that Frey also used to sing the National Anthem for every rodeo she entered.

Frey is not someone who is new to the music world. She has a nationally recognized single, 'Too Bad', that features Randy Rogers and was produced by the Grammy Award-winning Paul Worley. Apart from that, her debut album also included two Top 10’s and her song 'Rodeo Man', topped the Texas Regional Radio Report Charts. In an exclusive interview with MEAWW, Frey spoke to us regarding her experience on 'Real Country', how excited she is to perform at Stagecoach, California’s Country Music Festival, and what we can expect from her in the near future.

Starting off, she spoke about her win during episode 2, and how it felt to perform in front of Shania Twain, Travis Tritt, and Jake Owen for the first time. "Shania has always been larger than life for me. I grew up on Travis Tritt songs, and Jake Owens, 'Barefoot Blue Jean Night' was my anthem the summer that it came out. Celebrities are always somewhat intimidating but this panel was more than just celebrities for me, they all shaped me in some way that led me on the 'Real Country' stage to sing for them. It was the definition of full circle moment for me. Shania Twain calling me 'kick-ass' was just icing on the cake," she said.

Frey added how incredible it felt to get comments on her songs from the judges, especially Wynnona Judd who was the guest judge during her first performance. "The praise from Shania, Jake, and Travis was absolutely incredible. As much as I love a good confidence boost, I was extremely grateful to have Wynonna as my guest judge. I didn't get where I am today by everyone telling me that I am great. I thrive on constructive criticism by people that I respect. Wynonna gave me the advice on opening my eyes and connecting with the audience more. I have a habit of closing my eyes and getting lost in the story of a song (especially a good ballad!)."

She continued, "It's like a whole new world I get to live in for three minutes when that happens. But after watching back I understand her advice and its now a goal of mine to take the audience to that alternate world that I go to when I'm singing a song," she said.

Following that she spoke about her finale performance, claiming that it was one of her strongest performances ever. " I will tell you that, in my opinion, my finale performance was my strongest of the three songs I got to sing!" Frey said. Talking about interactions with the judges, Frey added that when each contestant enters and performs in front of the judges, that was their first time interacting with them.

Though Frey did not win the finale, she still gets to perform at the Stagecoach. Revealing that she is excited to perform there in April, she said, "I  have heard about this music festival for years and it was on my goal list of shows to play so I am over the moon about getting to play Stagecoach! Also, it'll be my first time going to California so that makes it even more exciting for me!"

Just before Frey could make her way onto 'Real Country', she released her new single 'Ain't Enough Beer'. Talking about the audience response toward it, and what inspired her to write that song, the country singer said, "The response on 'Ain't Enough Beer' has been wonderful! This song was recorded almost two years ago and the timing was just never right to release it until now.

She added, "This song was actually written by the great Dean Dillon, his daughter, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Jon Decious. I am a full-time songwriter but when I heard this song two years ago, it was more 'Kylie' than a lot of songs I was writing at the time. If you can't tell, I don't put up with much bull when it comes to guys and relationships and that was exactly what I was going through at the time."

On her upcoming projects, Frey said that she is currently in the studio working on some new projects and that we can expect something new from her in 2019. She added that currently, she is looking forward to the shows in Vegas she has coming up.

When asked what she thinks about Shania Twain's opinion on the country music scene, and if 'Real Country' will help change that, she revealed, "I would have to say that there are some things that I love about the country music format and there is a lot that I don't love. I think that 'Real Country' can be a big part of the change because they are giving a platform to artistes that haven't gotten their time to shine because they refuse to conform to a specific format," she said.

She added, "I know first hand that this show pushes its artists to be undeniably original and authentic to who they are. With that mentality and a national platform, I feel like 'Real Country' could be a big part of the change in country music and could take us back to lifting up artistes that don't all sound exactly the same."

https://meaww.com/real-country-kylie-frey-finalist-rodeo-queen-aint-enough-beer-shania-twain-jake-owen-travis-tritt



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Real Country Announces 21 Contestants and the Prize of a Lifetime!

USA Network | October 30, 2018

Today, USA Network revealed the 21 artists competing in its new music showcase series Real Country and the prizing they will be vying for.

Set to premiere November 13 at 10/9, each contestant was hand-selected by the show’s permanent panel of artists – five-time Grammy Award-winning trailblazer Shania Twain, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jake Owen, and Grammy Award-winning music legend Travis Tritt.

In every episode, three artists will compete for $10,000, a performance at Stagecoach – California’s Country Music Festival, and a spot in the grand finale where they will then vie for a chance to win $100,000 and a highly coveted performance at Nashville’s iconic Grand Ole Opry, which has been a launching pad for many of today’s top country superstars.

The 21 artists are split up among the three panelists:

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RILEY THOMPSON

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Social: Instagram: @rileythompsonmusic

Fun Facts: At just 15-years-old, Thompson is fresh on the music scene with a unique voice necessary to the country music genre today. Thompson’s most notable experience to date has been competing in the Texas Music City Songwriter Competition where she finished in the top five with two of her songs written in the same week they were performed.

http://www.usanetwork.com/realcountry/blog/real-country-announces-21-contestants-and-the-prize-of-a-lifetime


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