>The singer, 34, is on the judges' panel for the new season of Nashville Star, debuting on NBC June 9. Billy Ray Cyrus hosts.
ON PUT-DOWNS If I were a contestant, and someone said to me, "You didn't bring it," I'd be ticked. Why didn't I bring it? What do you mean by that? This isn't just television—it's people's lives.
ON HER NOTION OF A STAR My big three are: Play an instrument, write a song, sing it like it matters.
ON HER FRANTIC SUMMER I'll be flying in and out of Nashville, flying to do tour dates, flying to do TV on both coasts. After I Ieave Texas [she lives on a ranch], I don't think I'll be home again until August.