THE SEASON FINALE OF CMT’S “CAN YOU DUET”REVEALS THE WINNING DUO ON FRIDAY, JUNE 13

06/03/08

COUNTRY’S NEXT GREAT DUO MOVES FROM TELEVISION TO THE RECORDNING STUDIO AFTER RECEIVING A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH SONY BMG NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE – June 3, 2008 – Thousands of hopefuls auditioned, but only two performing duos make the final cut to become country’s next great duo on the finale of the CMT music competition series CAN YOU DUET, from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America. After weeks of rigorous auditions, performer boot camp and weekly performances in front of a live audience, the winning duo is announced on Friday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, on CMT immediately following a new episode premiering at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Hosted by Rossi Morreale, CAN YOU DUET’s panel of celebrity and expert judge/mentors, including country superstar Naomi Judd, acclaimed vocal coach Brett Manning and award-winning songwriter Aimee Mayo, took on the challenge of finding country music’s next great duo. In the finale, each of the final two duos battles it out on stage with performances of original songs, with the winner’s to record and album to be released by Sony BMG Nashville.

For contestant bio information and downloadable photos, visit www.cmtpress.com.

More information also available at http://www.cmt.com/shows/series/can_you_duet/series.jhtml.

CAN YOU DUET is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Jeff Boggs is executive producer. Bob Kusbit and Melanie Moreau serve as executive producers for 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 entertainment, reaching more than 87 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. CMT has a rich history of finding and creating dynamic musical pairings with such series as CROSSROADS, which joins country music stars with artists from other genres. Recent CMT CROSSROADS combinations include Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, as well as Maroon 5 and Sara Evans.

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 Channel), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), "Farmer Wants A Wife" (The CW), "Can You Duet" (CMT), “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” (Oxygen), “Property Ladder” (TLC), “Family Feud” (syndicated), “Temptation” (syndicated), “Million Dollar Password” (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, “The Price Is Right” (CBS). For further information, visit http://www.fremantlemedia.com.

Sony BMG Nashville includes its four country label operations – RCA, Columbia, BNA and Arista Nashville – and Provident Music Group, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies. Sony BMG Nashville is a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

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Manfred Westphal 818-748-1148 manfred.westphal@fremantlemedia.com
Wes Vause 615-301-4373 wes.vause@sonybmg.com

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