Jewel Takes a Shine to 'Nashville Star'

After a cameo appearance singing "Good Day" on The CW's "7th Heaven" premiere, singer Jewel plans to return to television on a more regular basis.

The musician-actress has signed on to host the the fifth season of USA Network's "Nashville Star" to help the search for the next country music sensation.

"I grew up on a ranch in Alaska, and my favorite memories are of sitting around a camp fire with my father and listening to the songs he wrote and sang," says the singer, born Jewel Kilcher, in a statement. "It was pure country music, and it has made me a sincere fan of country music ever since. I am so excited to be part of this show, and for the chance to watch the contestants compete in this uniquely American artform."

Sharing hosting duties is Cowboy Troy, billed as "the world's only six-foot-five black rapping cowboy" and the originator of "Hick-Hop." He also co-hosted alongside Wynonna Judd for the show's fourth season.

The winner of the fifth season will receive a major music recording contract with a top-level record label. "Nashville Star" will broadcast live from Nashville's BellSouth Acuff Theatre beginning Thursday, Jan. 11.

Jewel, 32, is a Grammy-nominated artist whose debut album "Pieces of You" went 12 times platinum. Her latest album, "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" was released in May. Actingwise, she appeared as a guest star on the short-lived Rob Lowe drama "Lyon's Den" and made her big-screen debut in Ang Lee's "Ride With the Devil" in 1999.

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