Hawaii-born entertainer and would-be country singer Tasha Valentine gave her all on the third episode of the combination talent- and reality-show “Nashville Star” on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough for the show’s judges, who cut her from the competition at the conclusion of the broadcast. But her aunt tells HawaiiNews.com that the world “won’t be seeing the last of Natasha Kaiulani Valentine.”
Valentine’s aunt, Lori Nutter, said her daughter’s elimination from the show could be a blessing in disguise.
“This could be a really good thing,” said Nutter, a Kaiser High School graduate. “Several record producers have contacted her in the past couple of weeks and tell her not to worry she’s going places.”
During the Saturday broadcast, Valentine performed Elvis Presley‘s “Little Sister,” which she described as a tribute to “the king of rock ‘n’ roll and the love of my life.” But the response from the judges was lukewarm.
“I don’t know, Natasha, you’re a torch singer,” said judge Robert Oermann. “I don’t think you’re a rocker; it didn’t work for me.”
Celebrity guest Wynonna Judd was backstage with Valentine and the other contestants when the judges’ decision was announced. An emotional Valentine told the show’s host Nancy O’Dell, “I’m a crier.”
O’Dell replied: “I know you’re gonna put out a CD, and you know who’s gonna be first in line to buy it? Me! And all these people.”
Including her aunt, who said: “All of us here in Albuquerque and fans from Hawaii, California, Arizona, Illinois and Nashville couldn’t be more proud of her.”
Also eliminated Saturday was Kristen Kissling of Austin, Texas, through audience votes from the previous week’s show.