February 9, 2011

CMT’S Next Superstar

On the heels of Simon Cowell's incredible X Factor news, Nigel & Simon Lythgoe now have some reality TV news of their own. The Idol and SYTYCD producer and his father announced today that they have partnered with CMT to launch a new music competition series designed to find CMT’S NEXT SUPERSTAR.

In ten one-hour episodes, the show will search to find America’s next great country star (aka the new Taylor Swift). Unlike its reality show counterparts, this series will allow the world to see behind the scenes footage as the contestants will compete while living together in Nashville, providing a rare and revealing inside look at the all ensuing drama that can take place when musical adversaries live and compete together.

“This isn’t just a singing competition, the contestants will also be judged on their song writing, radio interviews and music videos,” said executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe. “We’re looking for more than just a singer, we want the complete creative, talented package – performer, personality and writer. We want the next Country superstar.”

Contestants on CMT’S NEXT SUPERSTAR will try to impress celebrity guests each week through a series of music business related ‘challenges’ and grueling performance rounds. Each week, one finalist will be eliminated and America will have the final vote to determine who will win the title of CMT’S NEXT SUPERSTAR.

The show is set to premiere in April on CMT.