FANS DECIDE WHO WILL BE "CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR" IN THE SEASON FINALE AIRING FRIDAY, JUNE 10 ON CMT
America's Pick to be CMT's Next Superstar Revealed During Hour-long Spectacular Featuring Kristin Chenoweth
NASHVILLE -- June 2, 2011 - After weeks of competing for the title, the two finalists will learn if they are the winner of CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR in the season finale results show, airing Friday, June 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on CMT. The hour-long grand finale will feature a special performance by Kristen Chenoweth ("Glee") and at the end of the celebration, host Thea Andrews will reveal America's vote and CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR will be crowned.
The ultimate showdown between the Top 2 finalists will be seen on the episode airing on Friday, June 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). After the final two compete to impress the judges and capture America's vote, voting will open. Fans will be able to vote immediately following the episode via text and at www.cmtsuperstar.com, and votes can be cast until Friday, June 10 at 10:00 AM ET.
The winner of CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR will receive a record deal with Warner Bros. Records and will be the opening act on CMT on Tour this fall, the annual tour sponsored by the network. The winner's finale performance will also run as a music video on CMT and CMT.com.
CMT has given an early renewal to its music competition series, CMT's NEXT SUPERSTAR, which premiered in April. Another crop of singing and songwriting talent will have the chance to compete when the show returns in late 2011/early 2012.
Executive Produced by father-son team, Nigel & Simon Lythgoe, CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR searches to find America's next great country star by not only testing their performance, but putting them in new situations every episode so the contestants can learn what it really takes to become a country star. Bob Kusbit also executive produces, and Brad Johnson and Melanie Moreau serve as executive producers for CMT.
About Legacy Productions
In 2010, Emmy-nominated producer, Simon Lythgoe partnered with his television mogul father, Nigel Lythgoe and his newly formed company, Big Red 2 to launch Legacy Productions, a production company that specializes in reality competition shows and scripted comedy. Through the Los Angeles-based Legacy Productions banner, the father-son production team has already cemented partnerships with a number of producers and executives in Hollywood, with a slate of 10 shows in development. Among Legacy's charter group of partners are veteran producers from "America's Got Talent," "American Idol" and dick clark productions.
About Simon Lythgoe
Simon came to the United States from the U.K. in 2001 to produce "American Idol" after successfully completing work on "Popstars," an Australian talent competition and ancestor of juggernaut, "American Idol." Prior to arriving in the U.S, Simon had already amassed an impressive list of television credits, including work on the Sydney Olympics and the Seven Network's long-running drama, "Home and Away," and "Late Night with David Letterman." Since his arrival in the U.S., Simon has produced six seasons of "American Idol," two seasons of "So You Think You Can Dance," and Mark Burnett's, "On the Lot," a series developed for Fox. In 2007, Simon was recruited by "American Idol" producer, Fremantle to co-executive produce CMT's "Can You Duet," and "Celebrity Family Feud." Simon consulted on "America's Got Talent," and "Let's Make a Deal." Simon has received 3 Emmy nominations for his work on "American Idol" and 1 Producers Guild of America nomination and in 2005 received a People's Choice Award for "American Idol."
CMT, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 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.