Yet another chance for parents to exploit their children on national television. Chasing Nashville debuts on Lifetime at 10 pm ET/PT and these girls seem very young, naïve and inexperienced. On the first episode, singers from the Appalachia region compete at the “Hillbilly Days” singing competition in Pikeville, Kentucky. This year there’s a Nashville producer as a judge so that’s major for these girls.
Lauren Marie Presley IS merely 13-years-old. Her single mom seems convinced that her birth father was related to Elvis Presley and constantly reminds Lauren. Her mom says: “you have Presley blood in you. You have the King’s blood in you.” No pressure Lauren Marie.
Autumn Blair comes from a “back holler” of West Virginia, a third generation coal-miner’s daughter. The Nashville producer says to Autumn: “You’re a star. You’re going to have a bright future.” What seems a worry: her family has a lot riding on Autumn’s success. It will get her father out of the coal mine. No 18-year-old needs the responsibility to rescue her entire family.
“Spoiled girl” Savannah Little from Pikeville, Kentucky wears braces and lots of makeup and pretty dresses. Evidence that she’s 16 going on 26. Her “momager” will give her whatever she wants and needs to succeed as a singer and performer.
Talented singer and banjo player Helena Hunt lives in a log cabin in Clyde, North Carolina. She’s quiet and rather geeky compared to the other girls. Before her performance she says: “ I’m a bit nervous about what I’m going to say to the crowd. I’m afraid they’re going to think I’m weird if I say the wrong thing.” She’s so sweet.
Behind-the-scenes with a Nashville producer working with musicians intrigues me. I just wish these were adults not teenagers. What’s the fascination with such young girls all the time? I worry about these girls.
Chasing Nashville premieres October 22, 2013 on Lifetime at 10 pm ET/PT.