CMT’s ‘Next Superstar’ Contestants Find Their Inner Outlaw, Bid Farewell to Bri Bagwell
On the latest episode of CMT's 'Next Superstar' reality singing competition, the remaining seven finalists had their work cut out for them as they worked with stage choreographer Robert Royston to give their performances a bit of a makeover.
After each person worked one-on-one with Royston, the contestants had an hour to get ready for their 'Outlaw Country' themed performance, not knowing where they would be singing or who would be in the crowd.
Upon their arrival at Bikini Beach Bar in Antioch, Tenn., the performers realized they'd take the stage in front of bikers, who would be rating their stage presence and vocal talent. The two with the least amount of votes would have to battle it out to remain in the competition.
First up was Courtney Cole, who blew away the crowd with her sexy and sultry rendition of David Allan Coe's 'The Ride,' as she strutted her stuff through the audience. Steven Clawson followed Cole's performance, and stepped outside of his comfort zone by losing his guitar for Elvis Presley's 'Trouble.'
Andrea Pearson connected with the audience as she did her take on Merle Haggard's 'Mama Tried,' making it her own with her unique and angelic vocals. Matt Mason had no trouble playing into the outlaw country role with his mysterious good looks and tattoos, but it was his voice and vibe onstage that hooked everyone in as he blazed through Waylon Jennings' 'Ain't Livin' Long Like This' like a seasoned pro.
Bri Bagwell did her best to sell the judges on her version of Hank William, Jr.'s 'All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,' but they felt the blonde beauty struggled by trying too hard. Danielle Lauderdale changed up Charlie Daniels' 'Long Haired Country Boy' to suit her style, stepping things up from her prior performances on the show. Finally, rounding out the showcases was Wynn Varble, who continued in the competition with his humorous hillbilly charm by performing an original tune, 'The Cycle Song.'
After filling out their ballots, the two singers with the least amount of votes were Bri Bagwell and Danielle Lauderdale. Forced to sing to survive, Bagwell gave viewers Willie Nelson's 'Seven Spanish Angels,' and Lauderdale belted out Faith Hill's 'When the Lights Go Down.' Rather than waiting until the following morning to make their decision, the judge panel -- Matt Serletic, Robert Royston and Big & Rich's Big Kenny -- gave their final call, and agreed that Bagwell's performance of the day lacked the key element that makes up a country music "superstar."
Tune in next week to see who will continue on in the competition and whose journey will come to an end. 'Next Superstar' airs Friday nights at 9:00PM ET on CMT.