‘Next Superstar’ Contestants Charm Country Radio Listeners, Adrienne Beasley Sent Home in Latest Episode
The eight contestants left in CMT's reality singing competition, 'Next Superstar,' had a wake-up call, literally, in the latest episode. Matt Mason, Bri Bagwell, Danielle Lauderdale, Wynn Varble, Steven Clawson, Adrienne Beasley, Courtney Cole and Andrea Pierson were given a 30-minute warning at 5AM that they would be taken to CMT's Cody Alan's radio show, where they were to conduct a brief interview and sing an acoustic song of their choice.
Lauderdale was up first and showed her fun personality with the famed radio host, dodging some uncomfortable questions about her rumored love life like a pro. Clawson was real and honest as he spoke from the heart of his love and loyalty to his wife at home, while Beasley shared a touching story of her adoption at a young age.
Bagwell was put on the spot when Alan phoned former contestant Ben Smith and questioned the singer, who was sent home the first week of the competition, about his feelings toward the blond beauty. Mason fielded phone calls from radio listeners, including a lady who mistook him for the show's other Matt -- Matt Dame -- who was sent home the prior week. Mason also touched on his struggle with narcotics, explaining how his music and songwriting is true and honest because of his battle.
Pierson spoke about the qualities that make her stand out amongst her talented competitors, and Cole touched on the inspiration behind the song she was going to perform, which she penned about her father at their lowest moment due to his addiction to prescription drugs.
Varble kept everyone in stitches with his witty humor and funny personality as he took a stab at reading radio liners. He set all his joking aside for his performance of Easton Corbin's No. 1 tune, 'A Little More Country Than That,' which he co-wrote with Joey and Rory's Rory Feek and Don Poythress.
After Varble's interview and performance, the final eight were taken back into the studio where the show's host, Thea Andrews, informed the singers that a secret panel of CMT radio listeners were critiquing their performance behind a black curtain. They were asked to vote on who they enjoyed the most, leaving the two with the least amount of votes having to sing to survive.
Bri Bagwell and Adrienne Beasley found themselves in the bottom two, and took the stage at Nashville's Legend's Corner later that evening where they battled it out to remain on the show. Bagwell performed Miranda Lambert's 'White Liar,' showing great stage presence, but her vocal performance lacked originality. Beasley took on the Dixie Chicks' 'Wide Open Spaces,' getting down into the crowd during her performance.
Judging their two performances were Matt Serletic, Wilson Phillips' Carnie Wilson and CMT's Cody Alan. The judges felt Beasley didn't have the spark onstage that Bagwell has, advising her to have more fun while performing. After being in the bottom two all three weeks of the competition, Beasley was sent home.
Tune in next Friday for the latest episode of 'Next Superstar,' airing at 9PM ET on CMT.