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CMT renews 'Gone Country,' reveals second-season cast identities

By Christopher Rocchio, 05/06/2008 

CMT announced it has renewed Gone Country for a second season and also revealed the identities of the seven celebrities who will move to Nashville compete for the chance to record and release a country song.

Gone Country's second-season cast will consist of former Skid Row frontman and Celebrity Rap Superstar contestant Sebastian Bach; Grammy and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Irene Cara; former American Idol fourth-season finalist Mikalah Gordon; former The Jackson 5 lead singer and 2007 Celebrity Big Brother U.K. houseguest Jermaine Jackson; ex-N Sync member Chris Kirkpatrick; actor and former Are You Hot? judge Lorenzo Lamas; and actress Sean Young.

Gone Country's second season will follow a similar format to its recently concluded first season, which was won by pop singer Julio Iglesias Jr.

Each episode will follow the cast as they compete against one another in challenges that test their ability to musically and physically adapt to the country-crooner lifestyle. 

In addition, each cast member will be paired with two Nashville songwriters, who will assist them in penning lyrics and music for a country single, which they'll then have the opportunity to perform.

Gone Country will conclude with one of the seven contestants winning the two-week competition and recording and releasing a country song.  John Rich, who makes up half of the country duo Big & Rich, will reprise his Gone Country hosting role and also determine which of the show's participants will win the grand prize.

It will be a busy summer for Rich, who in addition to Gone Country is serving as a judge and mentor on Nashville Star's sixth season, for which he'll also write and produce the winner's debut single.

Production on Gone Country's second season is currently underway in Nashville, and the series is slated to premiere in August.

Gone Country is executive produced by David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe of Renegade 83 Productions. Marc Oswald also serves as executive producer. Melanie Moreau and Bob Kusbit serve as executive producers for CMT.

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