Oklahoma teen to be showcased on Monday's episode of “Opening Act”

The new reality TV series from “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe will feature Kylie Morgan, 17, of Newcastle, opening for country music superstar Jason Aldean.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: July 23, 2012

Oklahoma country singer Kylie Morgan is getting her moment in the national TV spotlight Monday night.

The Newcastle teenager will be featured on the latest episode of the E! reality series “Opening Act” when it debuts at 9 p.m. Monday on the cable network.

The newest show from “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, “Opening Act” surprises up-and-coming performers with an opportunity to open a date on a major concert tour. Superstars Rod Stewart, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, LMFAO, Jason Mraz and Gym Class Heroes provided the showcases for the aspiring entertainers, who were plucked from the immense YouTube and online ranks for the series.

Morgan, 17, has been releasing music videos and live performance clips on YouTube the past few years while working on her debut album for Oklahoma City-based indie label Land Run Records.

In her “Opening Act” episode, she will be shocked with the rare chance to warm up the crowd at a stop on Aldean's massive country tour.

“Oh my gosh, I've never been more surprised in my life. Usually I figure things out and I'm not easy to surprise, but they got me,” Morgan said with a laugh during a recent phone interview from Nashville, Tenn., where she was recording her new single “On the Radio” that will be released in conjunction with the series.

Unlike “Idol” and most other musical reality series, “Opening Act” isn't a competitive show. The program, which premiered earlier this month, doesn't include auditions, judges or contests pitting the hopefuls against each other. To start their journey to becoming an “Opening Act,” Olivia Lee from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” surprised Morgan and the other YouTube standouts with the news of their selections for the reality show.

“We're not competing against each other. We want each other to succeed. So it's a really awesome way to look at things,” Morgan said.

Each up-and-comer was given just a few days to prepare for their big opening performance, with the show chronicling its artist development team, which includes Mary J. Blige and Rock Mafia's Antonio Armato, working intensely with the aspiring entertainers.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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