Oklahoma teen Kylie Morgan showcases her singing talent on new reality TV show “Opening Act”

The new series from “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe premieres Monday night on E!
BY BRANDY McDONNELL bmcdonnell@opubco.com Published: July 6, 2012
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Oklahoma country crooner Kylie Morgan is relishing a rare opportunity not only to open for one of the biggest names in country music but also to appear in a reality TV show that's unlike the usual television contest.

The Newcastle teenager is one of the undiscovered hopefuls who will be featured on the new series “Opening Act,” premiering at 9 p.m. Monday on E!

“The awesome thing is I've never seen a show like this on TV before because there are no auditions, there's no judges, there's no, like, competitions or anything. I mean in a sense, we've already all won. You know, we've gotten the chance and the experience of a lifetime. That's what's awesome about this show, is it's not a competitive show,” Morgan said in a phone interview last week from Nashville, Tenn., where she was recording her new single “On the Radio” that will be released in conjunction with the series.

The latest 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 vast YouTube and online ranks for the reality show.

“I know that the (big-name) artists feel like they were there at one point, and for them to give someone else a chance is really great,” said Morgan, who is prominently featured in the show's trailer receiving a surprise invitation from Aldean to warm the crowd for one of his shows.

Although she had previously opened for the likes of Steel Magnolia, the JaneDear Girls and Ty England, sharing the bill with Aldean, one of country music's hottest stars, brought her to a whole new level.

“It was definitely the biggest stage I've ever performed on,” she said. “I'm not used to the big lights and the big sound and all those people, of course. So it was an overwhelming experience, and it was something of course I'll never forget.”

Independent spirit

Morgan, who turned 17 this week, 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.



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‘Opening Act'

“Opening Act” premieres at 9 p.m. Monday on E! The noncompetitive show surprises up-and-coming performers with an opportunity to open a date for one of eight touring superstars: Rod Stewart, Nicki Minaj, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, LMFAO, Jason Mraz and Gym Class Heroes. Newcastle teen Kylie Morgan will be featured, although the air date for her episode has not yet been announced.

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