January 25, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
Gone Country is a new reality TV series on CMT that challenges a group of celebrities to learn how to perform country music. The show is hosted by John Rich of the country music duo Big & Rich. During the seven episode series, the celebrities will be immersed in all things country in hopes of learning how to be the next big country superstar.
Celebrities participating in the series include Bobby Brown – R&B singer, former member of New Edition; Carnie Wilson – singer/songwriter, author and former member of Wilson Phillips; Dee Snider – radio personality, lead singer Twisted Sister; Diana DeGarmo – recording artist, Broadway actor and American Idol finalist, 2004; Julio Iglesias, Jr. – pop singer; Maureen McCormick – singer/actor, “The Brady Bunch”; and SisqÃƒ – R&B singer, former member of the group Dru Hill.
On each episode of Gone Country, the celebrities will face challenges to adapt to a country music lifestyle. Challenges include performing before a Nashville audience alongside Gretchen Wilson and the MuzikMafia, getting a crash course in southern cooking, and learning how to master the art of ATV off-roading. Each celebrity will work with two Nashville songwriters who will help them to write the lyrics and music for a country single that they will debut in the series finale. The winner, who is determined by John Rich, will get to record and release their song to country radio.
Gone Country premieres with a one hour episode on Friday, January 25 from 8 PM to 9 PM ET/PT on CMT. The remaining episodes will run for thirty minutes each, except for the series finale, which will also be one hour.
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