'Real Country': Shania Twain's new reality show was born out of lack of women on country radio
The 53-year-old songstress revealed she is bored and "fed up" with the current state of country music
Shania Twain is a big country star who is not happy with the current state of country music. The judge of a new reality competition, 'Real Country,' said she’s “fed up” with the sexism and ageism prevalent in the industry.
In her recent interview with E! News, the country-star who put out her last album last year after a 15-year hiatus talked about her new competition show and discussed the plight of country music today.
“What women?!” the 'That Don’t Impress Me Much' singer questioned when she was asked "to talk about women in country music today.” She noted she's "bored" of country music right now; “We have too much of the sameness right now. I’m a little bit bored of it, and I want to pick it up. The only way to do that is to be proactive,” she explained. “I wanted a show that, when you talk about diversity, that includes gender diversity, style diversity, lifestyle diversity.”
Speaking about the lack of women on country radio, the 53-year-old songstress said: “We are not making radio progress, but we are making very small, steady steps towards awareness that we’re lacking women on country radio.” That is how the reality show 'Real Country' was born, so she could help find new talent. Twain said she wanted to advocate for “young” artists, before amending her statement.
“It doesn’t matter what age you are,” she explained. "I’m fed up with the whole ageist thing as well as the sexist thing. This [show] is wide open. Bring your talent on if you’re good enough. I don’t care what you are, as long as you’re a human being."
Recalling her own successful career, she reminisced; "When I first came on the scene in country music, the limits were way too narrow for me, and it was hard for me."
"There are a lot of artists out there who are intimidated of what they believe country music is. … I want to show them there are no limits," she added.
The singer might be fed up with the current country music scene, but she thanks her fans for not being narrow-minded about the genre. "Who I am as an artist, as a songwriter, as a performer is completely outside the box of where we’ve narrowed country music to be right now," she said, adding “But the fans aren’t narrow-minded.”