Six Degrees of Martina McBride

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Six Degrees of Martina McBride was a two-hour TV special/pilot that aired on July 30, 2007 on ABC where six aspiring country singers from America's smallest towns try to connect themselves to Martina McBride in under six points of human connection. The program, tests the "six degrees of separation phenomenon." Those that make it from "Nowhere to Nashville to New York," get a studio session with Martina McBride and a shot at a record deal with Sony BMG.[1]


The show also tells Martina McBride's own unique story of six degrees which helped advance her from selling T-shirts for Garth Brooks to opening for him on stage to becoming one of Country music's biggest superstars. Rodney Atkins, Ray Benson, Little Big Town, and Miranda Lambert appeared in the show.

The pilot program was produced for the ABC Television Network by the production team of ABC News Primetime. This program is the first of its kind. On July 27, 2007, executive producer David Sloan described the show as a "hybrid" to the Chicago Tribune: "ABC News is looking for new ways of interacting and engaging with the viewer. This represents that effort."

It aired on July 30, 2007 as an entire season compressed into one 2 hour broadcast, and DeAnne Roberts won the final competition. Thomas Stratton and Kristina Craig were the other two finalists.[2]

On August 1, 2007 Sony BMG released all three finalists' singles digitally on iTunes.

Cast and crew[edit]

The show is hosted by Jay Schadler.


  • Mark Jaspers[3]
  • Thomas Stratton
  • Dani Riker
  • Kristina Marie Craig
  • DeAnne Roberts
  • Ken Swick



  1. ^ Lange, Robert (2007-07-18). "'6 Degrees of Martina McBride' - ABC News". Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  2. ^ 07/31/2007 (2007-07-31). "'Six Degrees' Winner: DeAnne Roberts | Video - ABC News". Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]

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