Fans Determine Winners over Six Rounds of Voting in Head-to-Head Online Competition

NASHVILLE – October 21, 2008 – The original online talent search is back as announces the top 64 finalists of its third annual MUSIC CITY MADNESS competition and kicks off the first round of voting today. With more than double the number of entries this year, picked the top country acts to fill out the voting brackets in the single-elimination tournament. The stakes are higher than ever, as the winning artist will receive an all-expense paid trip to Nashville to record an episode of UNPLUGGED AT STUDIO 330, perform a showcase for A&R executives from Warner Bros. Records and a mentoring session from country superstar, Randy Travis.

All styles of country music including bluegrass, folk, southern rock and Americana are represented among the finalists posted at The nationwide talent search offers unsigned artists a chance to reveal original, unpublished music to fans across the country. Fans will vote online to narrow down the top 64 contenders over the next two weeks. On Tuesday, November 4, the brackets will narrow and only 32 contenders will be left to battle for votes. New brackets will be posted weekly afterwards, until the final round is announced on December 2. CMT developed a custom interactive site utilizing embedded video, where fans can view head-to-head matches onscreen simultaneously and share videos with their friends.

The online contest will be featured in special edition of CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN premiering in December, with Lance Smith hosting a round-by-round recap that reveals the top two finalists and highlights the best, craziest and most unique submissions.

Last year, more than four million votes were cast at to name 13-year-old Utah native Katelynn Jolley the winner.

Chevrolet is the official online and on-air sponsor of MUSIC CITY MADNESS.

For more information on the MUSIC CITY MADNESS Video Contest, visit

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