Several country acts have come out of American Idol. Kellie Pickler, Danny Gokey, and of course, Carrie Underwood, just to name a couple. Now, Nygel Lythgoe, producer of American Idol, is creating a talent competition geared specifically to country music….CMT’s Next Superstar.
This show is not going to be another American Idol though. Nygel and his son, Simon Lythgoe (who is also a producer on American Idol) are changing it up and they say that you will notice the changes right away. The lcoations will be changing all the time, shooting in Nashville, Memphis and Texas. Every challenge that the contestants face is different. There will be media challenges, radio training, photo shoots, music video challenges. The contestants will also be put on a tour bus. People will really get to know the contestants really well.
The show will begin taping in April and the winner will be announce during the CMT Awards in June. The contestants will also be put up in a mansion outside of Nashville during the taping, though no location has been locked in yet.
And the judges will be…..no judges have been announced yet for CMT’s Next Superstar. However, there will also be a guest judge every week who specializes in the particular field that the challenge was in that week. The winner will have a single released immediately following the CMT Awards and will be part of the CMT tour this summer.