FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA HOLDS OPEN CASTING AUDITION IN NASHVILLE FOR SEASON TWO OF "CAN YOU DUET" ON CMT
"American Idol" Producers Seeking the Best Single and Duet Performers in the Country
BURBANK, CA � CAN YOU DUET, which debuted last year as the highest-rated series premiere ever for CMT when it launched in April, is back for a second season to discover the next "Johnny Cash & June Carter", "Tim McGraw & Faith Hill", "Big & Rich" or "The Judds".
FremantleMedia North America, producers of "American Idol," and CMT will hold an open call audition on Saturday, March 7 for thousands of country star hopefuls at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee. Slated for Summer 2009, the weekly series is designed to find America�s next great country music duo.
Unlike other talent competition shows, each contestant will compete as part of a duo. As a result, viewers will witness first-hand all the on and off-stage drama to be had in creating a dynamic musical duet. In addition to critiquing each performance and deciding who will advance to the next round, the Judges (to be announced) will also serve as mentors to guide, groom and develop the duets along the way.
Season One veterans have already taken great strides in their respective careers. Last year�s winners, "Caitlin and Will", were signed to Sony Music Nashville�s Columbia Records, and their debut single "Even Now" will impact radio next month. Third place runner-ups "Joey & Rory" not only landed a recording contract with Sugar Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records, but their debut CD recently cracked the Top 30 on the country charts and they are currently the national spokespeople for Overstock.com. Fourth place runner-ups, "Kate & Kacey" (The Coppolas on the show) have signed with Big Machine records and they�re currently gearing up to join Little Big Town on their West Coast tour.
For more information, such as audition applications, video submissions, eligibility requirements and location for the open audition in Nashville, please go to www.canyouduet.com. PLEASE NOTE: This competition is subject to applicable rules, which are subject to modification at any time in the producer�s discretion.
CAN YOU DUET? is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Jeff Boggs ("Nashville Star," "Spy TV") is executive producer. Bob Kusbit, John Hamlin and Melanie Moreau serve as executive producers for CMT.
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative television programs for network, cable and syndicated platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (FOX), "American Idol Rewind" (syndicated), "American Idol Extra" (Fox Reality), "America�s Got Talent" (NBC), "Celebrity Family Feud" (NBC), "The Osbournes: Reloaded" (FOX), "Hole In The Wall" (FOX), "Farmer Wants A Wife" (The CW), "The Phone" (MTV), "Rock The Cradle" (MTV), "Can You Duet" (CMT), "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (Oxygen), "Match Game" (TBS), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Million Dollar Password" (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" (CBS).
CMT, a unit of Viacom�s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and Heartland entertainment, reaching more than 88.5 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network�s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.