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Watch as a 19-year-old Miranda Lambert sings for her shot at the big time YouTube

With “The Voice” in full swing and “American Idol” filming its last season, we’ve been inundated with new hopefuls and returning “stars” of past seasons. And with this flashback video we are reminded again of how singing competition shows are about discovering great talent and making dreams come true.

It’s hard to believe it was 13 years ago when a 19-year-old Miranda Lambert began singing her way into our hearts with her entry in the debut season of CMT’s “Nashville Star.” What’s even harder to believe is that Miranda placed third, behind Buddy Jewell and John Arthur Martinez.

She’s come a long way both musically and personally since then, notably by the first thing she says in this video.

“People sometimes don’t take me seriously. I haven’t been through a whole lot of tough times in my life.”

We all know she can’t say that anymore.

Performing “Greyhound Bound For Nowhere,” you can hear why the judges fawned over her with Robert K. Oermann (legendary country music journalist/historian) calling Miranda one of the show’s best songwriters and Tracy Gershon (record label exec) flatly stating “I’ll buy the record now.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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