NBC played this announcement for all it was worth. While appearing Wednesday on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Country singer and "Hannah Montana" star Billy Ray Cyrus announced that he will be the new host of the music-competition series "Nashville Star" that moves to NBC this summer.
"This year it is all about the dream, about the music, about persistence and never giving up faith. Putting the music first. You know I’ve been to the fair and I’ve seen the bear and I am really excited,” said Cyrus, referring to his own move from obscurity to stardom in 1992.
Meanwhile, "Nashville Star" continues its national casting search on March 8 with stops in the Los Angeles area, Washington, DC, Austin and Nashville.