Last night was the finale of Gone Country, CMT's suprisingly addictive fish-out-of-water talent competition in which non-Nashville celebs stepped waaaaay out of their comfort zones (think Skating With Celebrities or Dancing With The Stars, but with country singing instead of ice-skating or ballroom dancing).
Bobby Brown, Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, Sisqo, American Idol runner-up Diana Degarmo, Carnie Wilson, and Maureen "Marcia Brady" McCormick all went head-to-head to win a chance to have their country music single produced by pimp-coated MuzikMafia kingpin John Rich (of Big & Rich), and last night John made his decision.
And oddly, he chose Julio Iglesias Jr.
Now, I don't have anything against Julio, and I suppose he has some sort of country pedigree since his dad recorded "All Girls I've Loved Before" with Willie Nelson. But based on last night's finale performance, I was pretty convinced John would pick fellow outlaws Dee or Bobby, Maureen (America's sweetheart), or Diana (the strongest singer in the bunch).
Julio was the last contestant I would have predicted would win, and I don't think I'm alone here. Even Julio seemed shocked. If people were placing bets on Gone Country, then somewhere, some bookie is making a killing right now.
And if you check out the irate comments on CMT's message board, some country fans practically feel like killing John Rich!
Anyway, watch the contestants' finale performances below and decide for yourself if John Rich made the right decision: