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Diana DeGarmo among CMT's 'Gone Country' reality competition cast

By Christopher Rocchio, 10/22/2007 

Diana DeGarmo came up short in her bid to become American Idol's third-season champ, but she's ready to take another stab at winning a reality singing competition.

CMT has announced that the 20-year-old former Idol 3 runner-up is one of seven celebrities who will attempt to become a country music singer via Gone Country, a new reality competition series.

DeGarmo isn't the only Gone Country participant with reality television roles already on her resume.  The currently-filming series will also feature former Being Bobby Brown star Bobby Brown; former Celebrity Fit Club contestants Carnie Wilson and Maureen McCormick; as well as pop singer Julio Iglesias Jr. -- who appeared on the Spanish version of Dancing with the Stars -- titled ¬°Mira quien baila!.

In addition, Gone Country's cast will also include former Twisted Sister frontman and radio personality Dee Snider as well as R&B singer Sisqo.

Gone Country will follow the seven musicians as they move to Nashville, TN for two weeks and are paired with an established country songwriter, who will prepare them for a career in the musical genre.  Each episode of Gone Country will see the contestants participating in a challenge that tests them musically and also sees if they've been able to adapt to the country-music lifestyle.

Gone Country's six-episode run will conclude with one of the seven contestants recording and releasing a country song.  John Rich, who makes up half of the country duo Big & Rich, will serve as Gone Country's host and will also determine which of the show's participants will win the grand prize.

Gone Country recently began production in Nashville and is scheduled to premiere in January 2008.  The series 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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