WATCH: A 27-Year-Old Alan Jackson Performs On Amateur TV Singing Competition ‘You Can Be A Star’

It’s always cool seeing some old footage of country music superstars, before anybody even knew who they were.

It’s also crazy to me how many stars competed in these singing competitions, trying to get their name out there, and didn’t even win.

Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves both got their start on Nashville Star – and neither of them won. Morgan Wallen was on The Voice and didn’t make it out of the playoff rounds to compete on the live shows. And the list goes on and on.

It just goes to show how these “competitions” really don’t mean all that much when it comes to finding the next big thing.

But every once in awhile, somebody comes through one of these shows and ends up going on to become a superstar – and I guess that’s what keeps us all watching.

For example?

Mr. Alan Jackson.

After digging through the vaults, I found an old video from the man himself, competing on the Tennessee News Network’s show You Can Be A Star, a daily talent show featuring amateur country singers, way back in 1985.

Just think, the man was only 27-years-old, no albums to his name, and he was doing everything he possibly could to put his name out there.

In the video, “Al” absolutely CRUSHED George Jones’ hit, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Little did everybody in that room know they were getting to watch a country mega-star in the making.

Talk about the right place at the right time.

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