CMT will air what the world really needs: a new singing competition from Nigel Lythgoe

This April, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe will debut a surprisingly original new show on CMT: CMT’s Next Superstar, a competition for singer-songerwriters in which viewers vote.

I suppose that it’s for singer-songerwriters makes it slightly different, but please. CMT says the show “will search for undiscovered singer-songwriters who think they have what it takes to make it in the music industry” and “will compete while living together in Nashville,” where they “will try to impress celebrity guests each week through a series of music business-related challenges and grueling performance rounds.”

Although CMT doesn’t explicitly mention it, Nigel told the Hollywood Reporter that this is a country music competition: “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.”

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.