CMT SEARCHES FOR THE NEXT GREAT COUNTRY MUSIC DUO AND ANNOUNCES THE TOP TEN DUOS MOVING ON TO COMPETE FOR A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH BIG MACHINE RECORDS ON “CAN YOU DUET”

06/02/09



NASHVILLE – June 2, 2009 – Thousands of country star hopefuls auditioned, but only two performers will make the final cut to become country’s next great duo on the second season of the CMT music competition series CAN YOU DUET, from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America. After rigorous auditions, the pool of talent has been narrowed to the final ten duos that will perform weekly at the famed Nashville Wildhorse Saloon to stay in the competition in CAN YOU DUET, premiering Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

Hosted by Lance Smith CAN YOU DUET’s panel of celebrity and expert judge/mentors, including country superstar Naomi Judd, one-half of the multi-platinum country duo Big and Rich, Big Kenny, and President and CEO of Big Machine Records, Scott Borchetta, have the challenge of finding country music’s next great duo – with the winner walking away with a recording contract with Big Machine Records.

The Top Ten Duos:

•   Chelsee & Rob

Chelsee Oaks (R), 22, Traverse City, Michigan
Rob Bolin (L), 22, Traverse City, Michigan

•   Harmon Creek

Spencer Bartoletti (L), 22, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Dessa Zuccaro (R), 21, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania

•   O’SHEA

Mark O’Shea (L), 32, Queensland, Australia
Jay O’Shea (R), 35, Adelaide, Australia

•   STEEL MAGNOLIA

Josh Jones (L), 28, Charleston, Illinois
Meghan Linsey Moore (R), 23, Ponchatoula, Louisiana

•   THE STELLAS

Brad Stella (L), 35, Whitby, Ontario
Marylynne Stella (R), 34, Oshawa, Ontario

•   JB ROCKET

Jonathan Cox (L), 18, Lenoir, North Carolina
Brandon Green (R), 23, Lucedale, Mississippi

•   MATT & KEEIRA

Matt Boggs (L), 23, Richardson, Texas
Keeira Lyn Ford (R), 24, San Dimas, California

•   ABBY & HOLLY

Abby Fender (R), 25, Tyler, Texas
Holly Jackson (L), 30, Pekin, Indiana

•   RYAN & AVALON

Ryan Larkins (R), 22, Nashville, Tennessee
Avalon Peacock (L), 25, Woodstock, New York

•   MEMARIE & KASSIE

Memarie Gayle (R), 37, Baskin, Louisiana
Kassie Miller (L), 26, Somerville, Alabama

Unlike other talent competition shows, each contestant on CAN YOU DUET will compete as part of a duo, sometimes working with different partners 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 country music’s next great duo, Judd, Borchetta and Big Kenny will also serve as mentors to guide, groom and develop the duos along the way.

“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.

About CMT

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.

About FremantleMedia North America

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).

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