Kitty Hawk sailor ends ‘Star’-dom
After five weeks of "Nashville Star"-dom, USS Kitty Hawk sailor Tommy Stanley will pack up his uniforms and head back to working for the Navy.
The aircraft carrier’s fireman was eliminated at the beginning of Monday’s show when host and country music star Billy Ray Cyrus broke the news that Stanley received the lowest number of votes the previous week.
Stanley stayed on the show five weeks, surviving previous elimination rounds by singing songs including "Walking in Memphis" and "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy." The show pits aspiring country stars against each other in competition for the grand prize of a country music recording contract.
According to a Navy news release, Stanley will not return to Kitty Hawk right away — the ship is in Hawaii at the Rim of the Pacific exercise — but instead will keep singing with the Navy Band Mid-South out of Millington, Tenn. He will return to the ship "at a later date," the release said.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Cody Davis, who visited the show a few weeks ago to watch Stanley, said he was proud of his friend.
"He’s the most talented person I know, and he may not have won, but I think everyone in the world can see he has talent," Davis is quoted as saying in the release.