THE SEASON FINALE OF CMT'S "CAN YOU DUET" REVEALS THE WINNING DUO THIS SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
Country Music's Next Great Duo Moves from Television to the Recording Studio After Receiving a Recording Contract with Big Machine Records
NASHVILLE � August 3, 2009 � Thousands of hopefuls auditioned, but only two performing duos, JB Rocket and Steel Magnolia, remain to compete for the title of country music's next great duo on this week's finale of CAN YOU DUET, the music competition series created by "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America. After weeks of rigorous auditions and weekly performances in front of a live audience, the winning duo will be announced on Saturday, August 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
Hosted by CMT's Lance Smith, CAN YOU DUET's panel of celebrity and expert judge/mentors, including country superstar Naomi Judd, Big Kenny from the duo Big & Rich, and Big Machine Records' President Scott Borchetta, took on the challenge of finding country music's next dynamic musical duo. In the finale, its JB Rocket, who were paired by the judges, versus established duo Steel Magnolia, battling it out onstage with performances of their original songs. The winning duo will record an album to be released by Big Machine Records.
"Can You Duet" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Spy TV) is executive producer. Bob Kusbit, John Hamlin 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 Heartland entertainment, reaching more than 88.5 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.
About FremantleMedia North America
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), "America's Got Talent" (NBC), "Celebrity Family Feud" (NBC), "The Osbournes: Reloaded" (FOX), "Hole In The Wall" (FOX), "Farmer Wants A Wife" (The CW), "The Phone" (MTV), "Rock The Cradle" (MTV), "Can You Duet" (CMT), "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (Oxygen), "Match Game" (TBS), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Million Dollar Password" (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" (CBS).
About MTV Networks
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 150 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 300 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.