CMT Series “Gone Country” Premiering Friday, January 25

A motley crew of mainstream celebrities learn the fine art of country crooning in the new CMT series, GONE COUNTRY, hosted by John Rich, of the multi-platinum selling country duo Big & Rich.  This seven-episode series takes seven established performers from every realm of the entertainment and music industries and immerses them in all things country for a chance to break out as the next big country superstar.  GONE COUNTRY premieres with a special one-hour episode on Friday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., ET/PT.  Respective episodes will be half-hour shows; with the series finale running one-hour on Friday, March 7.  

The series features an eclectic cast of performers that includes, Bobby Brown – R&B singer, former member of New Edition; Carnie Wilson – singer/songwriter, author and former member of Wilson Phillips; Dee Snider – radio personality, lead singer Twisted Sister; Diana DeGarmo – recording artist, Broadway actor and American Idol finalist, 2004; Julio Iglesias, Jr. – pop singer; Maureen McCormick – singer/actor, “The Brady Bunch”; and Sisqó – R&B singer, former member of the group Dru Hill.

In each episode, the GONE COUNTRY cast competes against one another in challenges that test their ability to adapt musically and physically to a country music lifestyle, both on and off the stage.  From performing before a Nashville audience alongside Gretchen Wilson and the MuzikMafia to getting a crash course in southern cooking or learning how to master the art of ATV off-roading, the cast learns the finer points of a country music lifestyle.  Each contestant is paired with two Nashville songwriters who guide them in writing lyrics and music for a country single that they will debut in the series finale.  At the end of the two weeks, the artist that is most prepared to impress a country audience, as determined by Rich, will record and release their song to country radio.