CMT renews 'Next Superstar,' Kristin Chenoweth to perform -- EXCLUSIVE


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CMT is giving an an early renewal to Nigel Lythgoe’s music competition series CMT’s Next Superstar.

The network has picked up the show, which is produced by the American Idol executive producer along with his son Simon, for a second season.

The news comes as Next Superstar goes into its last four episodes of this debut season. The show is also planning a surprise for fans, having actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth perform on June 10’s live season-finale. The upcoming Good Christian Belles star has a long history in Broadway musical theater and turned heads during her Emmy-nominated guest stint on Fox’s Glee.

CMT’s Next Superstar has country music star contestants write songs and make music videos along with other music industry challenges in addition to stage performing. Superstar will roll out season 2 later this year or in early 2012.

“Unlike other talent shows, we will continue to push for the entire package,” Nigel Lythgoe says. “We were so thrilled to see the talent on the first season really step up and tackle each week’s challenges. We can’t wait to see just how far the finalists on season 2 are willing to go for the chance at superstardom.”

Comments (11 total) Add your comment
  • MT

    This has been great, I’m so glad it got picked up! All the contestants were/are great.

  • Justin

    Love Ms. Chenoweth!

  • renee

    agree with mt. loved nashville star but like this show so much better, and the two i picked to make the finals made it!! whoo hoo.

  • Stev

    we need this show like a gun to our head

  • guy lombard

    This show is absolutely terrible and a slap to the face of country music fans. At what point do the people who own CMT get rid of the horrible people they have running the network who obviously hate anyone who lives in the midwest or south and enjoys country music?

  • guy lombard

    By the way, just in case you were wondering…the show is a BOMB in the ratings (averaging between a .19 and a .24). Seems like a great move picking it up for another season where no one will watch it. Stay classy, CMT!

  • Eileen Haxton

    Guy Lombard, what is your problem. Did your favorite contestant get sent home early and now you blame the show for that. Not everyone is into country music and CMT-TV, so it is not going to have the highest ratings. When more country fans find this show their ratings will go up. I hope they keep it on, I’ve realy have enjoyed it.

  • Loretta Novak

    I love the show. I found it while scrolling through the channels the first week of this competition, and have watched every week since. This show gives an opportunity to some good/great singers who otherwise may not get the break needed. Keep the show, and tell your friends about it. Gotta go vote now for my favorite.

  • jean kaltenbach

    i love the show glad it got picked up for another season just one question when does it come back on date time and what night.

    • candice

      LOVE this show, when is it coming back out?

  • Country Music

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