Music-talent competition shows have never exactly ignored country music ever since the reality phenomenon became popular quite a few years ago. The best-known one of all, American Idol, produced Carrie Underwood--in addition to a respectable roster of other artists who did or are doing just fine in the country world. 'Nuff said.
(And if that ain't 'nuff for ya, there's also the 5 seasons of Nashville Star that aired, first on USA Network, then on NBC.)
However, those viewers who tuned into CMT's new competition program CMT's Next Superstar for its debut episode last Friday no doubt realized that there's something extra to this particular series. Although it's produced by American Idol's executive producer Nigel Lythgoe (along with his son Simon, also an Idol producer) and follows the familiar voting/elimination methodology, Superstar seeks to truly grill its contestants in all areas of the music biz.
The 10 finalists who were chosen to appear on the show are housed together in aRead More »from New Country Singing Competition Offers Fresh Challenges For Hopeful Superstars