Thursday, February 10, 2011
"American Idol" Producers Are Doing a Country Singing Competition on CMT
CMT is doing another "American Idol"-type talent show . . . but this time it has some heavy hitters behind it. It's being produced by NIGEL LYTHGOE and his son SIMON. Nigel was an executive producer on "American Idol" and you may recognize him as one of the judges on "So You Think You Can Dance". He also co-created that show. The new show is called "CMT's Next Superstar" and it's supposed to debut sometime in April. They're doing 10 episodes and will announce the winner during the "CMT Music Awards". No word yet on who the judges will be. Here's Nigel explaining why this show will be so very different, quote, "Country music is all about storytelling, personalities and putting yourself into the songs. "This show is not about going to a set, it's about being in a location that has history to it. We're down and dirty in the heart of Nashville. "It's not just going to be another 'American Idol' production, why would I be involved in that? I've got the best. From my point of view, I want to change it up totally."