With just three episodes remaining, Steel Magnolia, the pairing of Josh Jones and Meghan Linsey, are still performing in the "Can You Duet" competition series on CMT.
Jones is a Charleston native and has been singing and writing songs in Nashville with his girlfriend Linsey for the last three years.
Both say they have enjoyed the competition and watching themselves on television.
"I haven't seen anything that has made me cringe yet. We're just trying to be ourselves," said Jones, 28.
The two have endured a grueling rehearsal schedule through the duration of the competition. Jones said they only have four days to pick their songs and rehearse with the house band, Six Wire.
They also get personal mentoring sessions with the shows three judges: Big Kenny of the country music duo Big and Rich, record company executive Steve Borchetta and Grammy Award winner Naomi Judd.
In one episode, Judd told the couple that watching them gave her the "zowies."
"People have always told us that the chemistry between us is what makes us different," said Linsey, a 23-year-old from Ponchatala, La. She and Jones realize now what other people see after being able to watch themselves perform on the show.
The next episode airs at 7 p.m. Saturday on CMT and features the final four duos performing their own original compositions.
Both have been writing songs since their early teen years. Jones said hearing songs written by the performers will bring a little more identity to each group for the viewers.
Steel Magnolia will be performing the first song ever written together, entitled "The Edge of Goodbye."
"It's a fun song and has a lot of character," said Jones.
The finale of the series will air Aug. 8. The winning duet partners receive a recording contract with Borchetta's Big Machine Records.