Singing in front of a live audience and millions of TV viewers isn't the same as singing in the shower or with your car radio. But for a $10,000 cash prize, one Inland music lover was willing to put her music memory to the test.
San Jacinto native Michele Binder will compete on Friday night's season premier of CMT's "The Singing Bee."
Michele Binder, a 31-year-old San Jacinto native, will compete on the Season 2 premiere of CMT'S "The Singing Bee" Friday, Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. The show tests contestants' knowledge of lyrics to well-known country and pop songs. Those who fail to sing the right lyrics are eliminated.
Binder, a recent Murrieta transplant, heard about "The Singing Bee" auditions at the Wagon Wheel Country Music Festival in Lake Elsinore earlier this year.
"I have no singing abilities whatsoever, I'm just a lover of music," Binder said in a phone interview. " They announced on stage that they were having auditions, so I went to the booth. They sent me to L.A. for another audition. I was super excited."
The one hour premiere will feature a cameo appearance by Reba McEntire. The series is hosted by Melissa Peterman, McEntire's co-star on her sitcom, "Reba."
"Meeting Melissa Peterman was my highlight," Binder said. "I just wanted to meet 'Barbara Jean' from 'Reba.' She was so nice and down to earth."
Binder is a stay-at-home mom with a 9-year-old son and 5 year-old-daughter.
"We are avid viewers of CMT," she said. "My kids always tell me when they see mommy on TV."
Tune in Friday to see if Binder took home the win.
"Ten thousand dollars is a lot of money," she said. "I was excited ... focused. You really try to concentrate on the songs you've been given."