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Ali Dee says viewers will get to know her better

Ali Dee feels as if she "dodged a bullet" during the first season of Texas Women.

The same can't be said for the three other stars of the Fort Worth-based reality show.

Brooke Jeter, Anna Hunt and especially Hannah Helvey had many cringe-inducing moments when cameras caught them doing and saying dumb or embarrassing things.

Will Dee's luck hold out when Texas Women returns at 8 p.m. Saturday on CMT?

Dee, an aspiring country music singer-songwriter and host of the Mavericks Insider TV show, doesn't want to reveal too much about what happens in the new eight-episode season.

She says that viewers will get to know her better this season. But as for committing any on-camera gaffes, she says simply, "It's hard to hit a moving target."

We talked with Dee last week about the show and its impact on her life and career. Then she dashed off to a photo shoot for her soon-to-launch clothing line, the Ali Dee Collection.

Has the show brought you a new level of local fame?

In terms of being around town and getting recognized, it's definitely more lately. Mostly, it's people saying, "Gosh, I know you from somewhere, but I can't put my finger on it." Of course, if I'm someplace with any of the other girls, especially Brooke, then it seems like everybody recognizes us.

What's your favorite story that involves meeting a Texas Women fan?

I was at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. I was walking through all the exhibits and doing a little shopping when this little girl, she must have been 11 or 12, came up and said, "Has anybody told you that you look just like Ali Dee from Texas Women?" I kind of chuckled and said: "Well, I am her. Brooke's here, too." And Brooke came over and this girl got so excited, just hollering and freaking out. That's actually been kind of surprising to me, how many really young fans we have.

Let's see what the young ones think of the return episode, in which you all audition male strippers to entertain at Hannah's 21st birthday party.

I know. That will be interesting.

Fort Worth residents are sure to get a laugh at Dallas' expense when you point out: "Where do you find male strippers in Fort Worth? Well, you don't. You go to Dallas."

Well, it's true! Fort Worth is a major city, but it still manages to maintain that country state of mind. Whereas Dallas, they embrace a city state of mind. I think that's the big difference between the two.

Has the show helped advance your music career in any way?

It's gotten me more fans and more followers, which is nice. But industrywise, I don't think a reality show helps in the eyes of the country music scene in Nashville. They don't care that you have a reality TV show. To them, it's all about the music. So I have to prove I'm more than just another blond girl trying to sing country music. I have to prove I've got what it takes to cut through the clutter.

And how far along are you in that journey?

I've just released my new single to iTunes. It's called Sweet Southern Song. And I've got five awesome songs ready to go for the EP. We're fine-tuning the mixes before the EP will be released, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Throughout Season 2, you'll see me on the journey to step it up and take it to the next level.

What do the people of Fort Worth think about how their city is depicted in the show?

Everybody has been really supportive. People seem to be so excited when they see their favorite local hot spots. I think we are good representatives of the exciting things going on in Fort Worth -- the new places to go, the fun things to do. We spend a lot of time in the West Seventh/Cultural District. Hopefully we will have many seasons to come, and I don't think we'll ever run out of new things to do in Fort Worth.

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