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CMT renews 'Can You Duet' singing competition for a second season


By John Bracchitta and Steve Rogers, 02/03/2009 

CMT has announced that it has renewed Can You Duet for a second season that will premiere in June.

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Similar the show's Spring 2008 initial season, Can You Duet's eight-episode second season will feature a group of contestants competing to win a recording contract and be crowned the best new country duo in America.

"Last year's premiere of Can You Duet was CMT's highest-rated original series debut ever and we want to build on that success with another season in search of America's next best duo." said CMT executive Bob Kusbit.

Unlike other reality singing competitions like American Idol and Nashville Star, Can You Duet doesn't use home viewer voting to determine determine its contestant eliminations.  Instead, all the eliminations -- including the final one that determines the competition's champion -- are decided by the show's judges, who also serve as mentors to the contestants.

Country singer Naomi Judd, vocal coach Brett Manning and songwriter Aimee Mayo served as Can You Duet's first-season judges, however CMT has not announced whether they will return for the show's second season. 

Can You Duet's first season premiered last April and ended with Caitlin Lynn, a 22-year-old from Glen Burnie, MD, and Will Snyder, a 22-year-old from London, KY, being crowned the show's first-season champions during the show's June finale.

Lynn and Burnie and defeated Nick Brownell, a 23-year-old from Sandusky, OH, and his partner Jeremiah Richey, a 27-year-old from Waxahachie, TX, to take home the grand prize of a recording contract from Sony BMG Nashville.

Can You Duet is produced by FreemantleMedia North America -- the same production company behind American Idol -- and executive produced by former Nashville Star executive producer Jeff Boggs.

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