CMT Wants To Find Next Superstar!
American Idol brought us Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Danny Gokey and more of your favorite music stars, and now the producer of the hit singing competition, Nigel Lythgoe, is creating another talent show put together specifically for country music.
CMT's Next Superstar will be a family venture when Nigel and his son, Simon - who is also a producer on American Idol - team up to create a show different from any other televised talent search.
Nigel insists that the show is "not just going to be another American Idol production. From my point of view, I want to change it up totally."
Simon goes on to describe some of the major differences, claiming, "We're changing locations all thee time, shooting in Nashville, Memphis and Texas. Every challenge is different. Every guest judge will be different. On Nashville Star, they didn't have media challenges. We're giving them radio training and putting them through photo shoots and music video challenges. We're putting them on a tour bus. You're really going to get to know these contestants well, just by being with them 24/7."
The aspiring country music stars that make the show will face challenges similar to those which established artists face every day.
"We're putting the onus on the contestants, where they can really make the song their own," Simon explains. "We will pick the genres and they have to then turn it into a country song, but make it their own. So if they want a fiddle, they can have it. If they want a steel guitar, they've got it. They can go their own path, but they are responsible for how they perform."
He goes on to add, "We're not the run-of-the-mill, studio-based, glitz and glamour show."
The show begins taping 10 episodes in April, and the winner will be announced during the CMT Awards in June. The contestants will be spending lots of time together on and off stage, as they will be put in a music mansion complete with rehearsal studios outside of Nashville during the show's shooting.
No word yet on who will act as judges for the future TV show, but apparently the process of elimination will keep viewers addicted to their television sets.
The winner of CMT's Next Superstar will have a single released to radio immediately following the CMT Awards, and will also be a part of the CMT tour, which hits the road this summer.