Tickets to the show had almost been sold out, and the audience included Simpson's parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, 'from all over Texas', she told Nan Kelley, host of Opry Live, adding it felt like a homecoming to her. "I can't believe I am here!" People magazine quoted Simpson, 28, as saying.
The only downside to her performance was her choice of clothing, which audience members found a little too revealing. "I think she should have put some clothes on," one viewer said. And another one responded as to how and what she liked about the performance. "I loved that new girl, Crystal (Shawanda) and she was dressed appropriately," the person added.
Simpson had one die hard fan, Mandy, who was chosen by GAC out of the audience as "Jessica's biggest fan" and given the chance to go backstage to meet her. "I think everything she does is perfect. I love her!" Mandy exclaimed. Opry Live will be re-broadcast through Wednesday on GAC.
Simpson performs on Good Morning America's Fall Concert Series September 9 morning, and on The View and Late Show with David Letterman September 11.