BUCKY COVINGTON REVEALS THE FINAL TWO CONTESTANTS OF CMT’S NATIONAL ONLINE TALENT SEARCH WHEN “MUSIC CITY MADNESS: THE ROAD TO CMT” PREMIERES DECEMBER 4 ON CMT

11/28/07

More Than Two Million Votes Cast at CMT.com to Narrow Contenders in User-Generated Battle

NASHVILLE – November 29, 2007 – American Idol finalist and Lyric Street Records recording artist Bucky Covington hosts a madcap re-cap of CMT’s online search for the best unsigned country act in America when MUSIC CITY MADNESS: THE ROAD TO CMT premieres Tuesday, December 4 at 10:00-10:30 a.m., ET/PT on CMT. The half-hour show takes a look at the top 64 contenders and those that didn’t make the cut, and reveals the final two contestants as chosen by the fans. The top two contenders will then battle it out in a head-to-head battle at CMT.com, and the winner will be announced Tuesday, December 11.

More than two million votes have already been cast at CMT.com to determine the winner of season 2 of MUSIC CITY MADNESS. Chevrolet is the official online and on-air sponsor of CMT’s user-generated talent search, while Sony BMG Nashville is the official record label partner. The nationwide search offers unsigned artists a chance to reveal original, undiscovered music to fans across the country. The winning entrant will receive an all-expenses paid trip to CMT’s Nashville studio to record their own episode of UNPLUGGED AT STUDIO 330, CMT.com’s original online performance series. In addition, the winner will receive a private audition with Sony BMG Nashville’s A&R department.

For complete rules and information on the MUSIC CITY MADNESS Video Contest, visit www.madness.cmt.com.

Martin Clayton, vice president of digital media for CMT and Lewis Bogach, vice president, programming for CMT, oversee the development of original music and entertainment programming for CMT LOADED. Mark Hall serves as executive producer for CMT LOADED.

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