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Brad Paisley Gives ‘Opening Act’ Hopeful a Crash Course in Superstardom

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As the lights dimmed in the movie theater, the last thing Tanner Patrick expected was to be propositioned with an opening slot at a major concert. The YouTube singing sensation received the surprise of his life when country superstar Brad Paisley appeared on the big screen in front of him, offering him a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to open his Mountain View, Calif. at the Shoreline Ampitheater as part of the new E! music reality show, ‘Opening Act.’

“We saw your videos online and I figured 12 million hits probably means a few people would actually like to see you live,” Paisley says in a clip from the upcoming episode. “How would you like to come on out to Mountain View, Calif. to open my show up?”

Later in the episode, Paisley can be seen beside Patrick as he prepares to take the stage in front of the huge crowd. The seasoned singer jokes with him, but also gives him sound advice about performing in front of a huge crowd.

“The great thing is — this is your first country audience, I hear — which is great, because country audiences are the kindest. I think that a big crowd is a lot easier than a small crowd. These people came here tonight to have a great time,” Paisley says. He even invites Patrick to be apart of a nightly ritual in which the opening acts on the tour come out to perform ‘Alcohol’ with Paisley for the encore.

Paisley joins fellow country superstars Jason Aldean and Martina McBride as the show’s seasoned mentors for the novice musicians. Just last month, Aldrean surprised 16-year-old Kylie Morgan from Newcastle, Okla. with the opportunity to open a show on the ‘Take a Little Ride’ singer’s wildly successful My Kinda Party Tour.

‘Opening Act’ is the latest sensation in the slew of reality music shows. The E! network series offers a unique spin on the convention premise of reality shows, offering today’s hottest, undiscovered music acts the chance to open for their favorite superstar acts with no fear of auditions, judges or elimination processes. The opportunity is presented to the young acts by show host Olivia Lee in rather unorthodox situations

It’s unclear whether Paisley’s expertise will prove equally beneficial to Patrick’s budding music career, but given the superstar’s entertainer as an accomplished recording and touring act, it’s fair to assume the young singer is in good hands. Tune in to E! tonight at 10PM ET to catch Paisley’s episode of ‘Opening Act’.

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