Nashville Star has announced ten contestants for the show's fourth season, one of whom is Melanie Torres, a young Hispanic woman from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Nashville Star is a country music talent competition along the lines of Fox's American Idol. The show can be seen on the USA Network starting March 14.
"Melanie Torres comes to Nashville from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she grew up and attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Music. Melanie began singing at the age of 9 and the first album she ever bought was one from Michael Jackson. She also plays the piano, and is learning how to play guitar to broaden her repertoire."
"When it comes to goals, Melanie wants to be a successful mother and a role model for young Hispanic women. Professionally, she dreams of one day being CMA Female Vocalist of the Year ... not surprising when you consider that the one word Melanie would choose to describe herself is ambitious. If she got to do a duet with one artist, it would be Martina McBride and her favorite karaoke song is "Love Shack" by the B-52's."
According to a USA Network press release, Melanie "is bilingual, speaking English and Spanish, and wore the Miss Albuquerque crown in 2000. After passing on the tiara, Melanie moved to Nashville with nothing in her bank account destined to make it big."
Melanie follows in the footsteps of another Hispanic contestant, John Arthur Martinez, who came in second place in the show's first season.