November 10, 2007 12:52 AM by Joe Blackmon
The producers of American Idol and America’s Got Talent are creating
yet another reality competition show. CMT has ordered 11 one-hour
episodes of Can You Duet from Freemantlemedia North America, which will
be a music competition show.
Eugene Young, Chief Creative Officer for Fremantle Media North America and Bob Kusbit, Head of Development for CMT made the announcement about the show. Can You Duet will be a weekly series that is scheduled to premiere in Spring 2008. The goal of the new show is to find the best country music duet in America.
“We’re looking for the next Johnny Cash and June Carter, the next Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the next Big & Rich or The Judds,” says Young.
“We’ve always wanted to be in the music competition business, but we hadn’t found the right partner or just the right concept until now,” says Kusbit. “We’re thrilled to team up with FremantleMedia, the world’s foremost music competition experts, to create the kind of buzz-worthy series that not only has the potential to be a hit for CMT, but to create the next big country stars.”
Auditions will take place through open casting calls, showcases and videotaped submissions. Unlike other talent competition shows, each contestant will compete as part of a duo, working with different partners week after week as the competition progresses. As a result, viewers will witness first-hand all the on and off-stage drama to be had in creating a dynamic musical duo. In addition to critiquing each performance and deciding who will advance to the next round, be sent home, and ultimately be crowned the best new duet in America, the judges will also serve as mentors to guide, groom and develop the duets along the way.