Dolly mentors contestants and performs on 'American Idol' Season VII’s Country Week

Dolly was the center of FOX’s "American Idol" Season VII’s Country Week on April 1 and 2, 2008, mentoring, performing, and watching the remaining contestants render covers of several of her classic songs.

Dolly mentored finalists as they prepared to perform her songs on the April 1, episode and returned on the April 2, show to perform her song "Jesus and Gravity" from her 2008 "Backwoods Barbie" CD. She chose not to judge the contestants’ performances of her songs saying,

"I couldn't go on and criticize somebody else's singin'.”

The remaining nine “American Idol” contestants performed:


"Travelin Thru" written by Dolly Parton receives a GRAMMY nomination for Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

The original song, "Travelin' Thru" received a host of awards and nominations. In 2006, it earned a GRAMMY nomination for Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

Dolly performed the song on the soundtrack of, "Transamerica." The director/producer, Duncan Tucker, gave Dolly some direction when he made his request.

"He wanted the song to be about redemption and about people's feelings."

After giving the song and the film some thought, Dolly decided on a spiritual direction with a gospel feel.


'Travelin’ Thru' receives a Golden Globe Nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

""Travelin’ Thru," Dolly’s song from the movie "Transamerica," was one of four songs nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2005. "A Love That Will Never Grow Old," from the movie "Brokeback Mountain," won during the Jan. 16, 2006 ceremony.

Dolly said of the nomination,

“What a great honor to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award for my song 'Travelin' Thru' from the wonderful, touching film 'Transamerica.' After all my years in show business, I’m still humbled and overjoyed when I am recognized for my work.”

The Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association whose mission is partially to "To recognize outstanding achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, (Golden Globe® Awards), serving as a constant incentive within the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television."

Dolly’s song, 'Travelin' Thru' from the soundtrack of "Transamerica" won Best Song at the 2005 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

Dolly’s song "Travelin’ Thru," from the 2005 motion picture "Transamerica," won the 2005 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Song. The award is given by a group of film reviewers for Phoenix area publications.

Written and performed by Dolly for the movie "Transamerica"

"Travelin' Thru" is an original song written and performed by Dolly for the movie "Transamerica." The song went on to receive nominations for an Academy Award for Best Song and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. It was also nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for Best Song and won for Best Original Song at the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards on 2005.

When Duncan Tucker, the director of the movie "Transamerica," was looking for a song for the end credits of his movie, he had only one thought, Dolly Parton.

Dolly said about her motivation for writing the movie’s song,

"Some people are blind or ignorant, and you can't be that prejudiced and hateful and go through this world and still be happy. One thing about this movie is that I think art can change minds. It's alright to be who you are."



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