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Nigel Lythgoe Developing New Country Music Singing Competition!

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He's proven time and time again that the shows he produces are successful, so we doubt that this will be any different!

American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, and his son, Simon, have teamed up for a brand new country music singing-songwriting competition, called CMT's Next Superstar!

Starting up in April, the ten episode series will feature a cast full of hopefuls traveling around to various locations and recording and writing music inspired by them! The finale will be held at Nashville's Ryman auditorium, and the winner will be announced during the CMT Awards in June, along with their first single!

And in case you were concerned that this sounds a little bit too much like Nashville Star, Simon explains:

"No one episode is the same. We’re changing locations all the time, shooting in Nashville, Memphis and Texas. Every challenge is different. On Nashville Star, they didn’t have media challenges. We’re giving them radio training and putting them through photo shoots and music video challenges. We’re putting them on a tour bus. You're really going to get to know these contestants really well, just by being with them 24-7. We're putting the onus on the contestants, where they can really make the song their own. We will pick the genres and they have to then turn it into a country song, but make it their own. So if they want a fiddle, they can have it. If they want a steel guitar, they've got it. They can go their own their path, but they are responsible for how they perform. We'll give them the tools, they have to take control of it. We're not the run-of-the-mill, studio-based, glitz and glamour show. Similar to Idol, we will have a guest judge each week who specializes in a particular field. If we're shooting a music video, which is one of the challenges, we will show all the backstage stuff, the director, the casting, how they produce it. Then we'll stream it to film students who vote to determine who the bottom two contestants are. Otherwise the judges decide."

And Nigel continues:

"Country music is all about storytelling, personalities and putting yourself into the songs. This show is not about going to a set, it's about being in a location that has history to it. We're down and dirty in the heart of Nashville. It not just going to be another American Idol production, why would I be involved in that? I've got the best. From my point of view, I want to change it up totally."

Wow!

It sounds like a pretty comprehensive, intense, but AMAZING competition!

We're definitely interested in checking this out when it airs!

Keep us posted, guys! We're looking forward to this one!

Thoughts??

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When Snooki Met The MANiston!

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We just think that she was being the polite and gracious young lady that she naturally is!!

Our most beloved Snooki Snickers had the misfortune pleasure of meeting Miz Jennifer Aniston at the CMT Music Awards last night, and bitch didn't even know who the Jersey Shore star was!

How rude!

Snooki reveals:

"I was hoping she would know who I was, but I don’t think so. I said, ‘Hi, I’m Snooki, I’m a really big fan and you are gorgeous.’ She said, Thank you.' She was so polite. I was scared to even talk! I was nervous. She is so beautiful and so nice in person!"

Whatevs! We think Snookers is being faaar too kind!

Don't be afraid of the Maniston, bb!

You can dish on what a frigid bitch she was to US!

LOLz!

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Taylor Tries A New Look

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And we like it!

Taylor Swift straightened her hair and tried a new look at the CMT Awards last night and she looked absolutely beautiful!

We're loving the burgundy color against her skin.

So chic!

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Uhm, John Mayer?

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How about NO??!!

There was a situation backstage at the CMT Awards last night. John Mayer decided he was fit enough to show the world the briar patch growing on his stomach, while Mike "The Situation" from Jersey Shore proved him wrong with his legendary abs.

Yuck, John! Yucky, yucky yuck!

If your pants were any tighter, we would have a furry muffin top on our hands!

Put your shirt down, fool!

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Carrie & T-Swizzle Lead In CMT Nominations!

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No surprise to us! Who else is there to give them to?!

Country music fans have cast their votes and this morning, the nominations for the CMT Music Awards were announced.

Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are leading the pack with three nominations, along with Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean.

You'll have to tune in on June 9th to see who won, but we warn you, it's being hosted by Kid Rock. It's going to be a looooooong night with him at the helm!

CLICK HERE to see the rest of the nominees!

Did Ur fave make the list?

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Kid Rock Is Hosting CMT Awards!

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We can think of people more entertaining but…if that's what they want!

"The rumors are true – I’m hosting the CMT Awards live from Nashville on June 9th," said Kid Rock. "All I can promise is I will be awesome."

Although we really don't think of him as a country artist, Kid Rock won a CMT Award last year for All Summer Long.

We bet he keeps his promise and the show is gonna be trashy awesome!

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