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Dinges: Lex Land from NBC’s ‘The Voice’ to perform at Domain tree lighting

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
Austinite Lex Land, who was a contestant on ‘The Voice,’ will perform at the Domain’s tree-lighting ceremony.

Ready or not, the holidays are here.

Festivities aplenty are in store in the coming weeks. Among the first is the Domain’s annual Lighting of the Great Tree. It happens at 6 p.m. Saturday

The Texas-size Christmas tree, located in front of Macy’s, will glow brightly throughout the season.

Performers tonight include a pair of well-known acts: Jack Ingram and Lex Land.

An Austinite, Land has quite the fan club these days thanks to her appearance last season on NBC’s “The Voice.”

“I wanted to do something that was outside my comfort zone,” she told me this week. “It’s excruciating work to get yourself known. It was a totally surreal and strange experience that I learned a lot from.”

She insists, though, that the national exposure hasn’t changed her one bit.

“I’m pretty much the same person,” she said. “It hasn’t really affected things that much.”

Lately, Land’s been playing at a number of venues around town, she says, and is about to start work on her third album.

“I don’t have many extracurricular activities,” she said. “If I’m not performing, I’m out going to see my friends perform.”

So what will Land perform at the tree-lighting? She promises a mix of Christmas songs, including Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby,” as well as some of her own tunes.

It’s an opportunity she’s grateful for – an opportunity she never thought she’d have.

“It’s rewarding and fulfilling,” Land said. “I’m very lucky to have achieved the modicum of success I have.”

Austin gets real – again

Reality TV just can’t get enough of our fair city — and our great state.

Yet again, we’re front and center in several series about to hit the air.

Olympian Marion Jones, an Austin resident, is featured on an upcoming edition of TV One’s “Life After.”

Jones will, according to the network, “reveal the anguish and humiliation she endured after it was discovered that she used performance-enhancing drugs and was stripped of her medals, banned from track and field, and sent to prison.”

The show airs at 8 p.m. Nov. 19. TV One can be found on Time Warner Cable Channel 216.

“Be the Boss,” a new A&E series that “pits two employees of a franchise-based company in the battle of a lifetime,” will feature Austinites on two upcoming episodes.

Mariana Lima, a marketing and sales manager at Molly Maid, and Quincy Jones, director of business development at Signal 88 Security, will both compete for “life-changing promotions,” the network says.

The show, from the people behind CBS’s “Undercover Boss,” premieres at 9 p.m. Dec. 2 on A&E, Time Warner Cable channels 60, 240 and 1660.

A third series, “Big Texas Heat,” kicked off this week on CMT, shining a spotlight on the “colorful and overweight” — the network’s words, not mine — cops in the tiny East Texas town of Trinity, which has a whopping 2,697 residents.

“The Trinity police department is the ‘go to’ in Texas for offbeat arrests,” CMT claims in promotional materials.

One of the “donut-loving” officers, Donald Givens, is apparently known as “Big Sexy,” a dude “beloved by men and women alike” who is described as “Barry White in a uniform.”

Sounds pretty ridiculous, huh?

Catch “Big Texas Heat,” if you dare, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday or 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on CMT, Time Warner Cable channels 70, 590 or 1662.

There could be even more Texas-filmed reality TV in our future. There are at least two more shows sniffing around Austin. Details on them soon. I promise.

Channel surfing …

Time Warner Cable has added the soccer-focused beIN Sport network to its Central Texas lineup. Find it on channels 443 and 1595. … Read my blog at austin360.com/tvblog or follow @gdinges on Twitter to get the latest updates on local radio and TV stations.

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