What do you get when American Idol (A.I) producers Fremantle Media North America teams up with Country Music Television (CMT)? A great music talent show... with a few twists.
For Open Audition Day, aspiring country music duos hit Nashville for their chance at the big brass ring. The spin on the contest is the possibility some of the couples may be split up. One or both could find themselves paired up with someone new. Single artists can also give it a go in the hopes they will find will a harmonious partner to enter the competition with. Callback Day will give the judging panel a second look at all the performers, both duos and singles, that made it through the first set of tryouts. By the end of this process, twenty singers will remain, a mixture of already paired duets and single players. As the weeks continue on, eventually one couple will emerge as the top duet and win a contract with a Nashville-based record company.
I watched the first season of Can You Duet last year and really enjoyed it. It shared a lot of elements withA.I. and was very easy to get hooked on. When it came down to the Top Ten duos, I was pretty impressed with almost all of them. But there was one that I felt stood hands and shoulders above the rest, Caitlin & Will. Put together by the judges, it was amazing to see how they gelled as a team and they certainly deserved to win. Okay. I'm not going to lie to you. It felt pretty good to have my fave singing duo win the whole enchilada.
Fast forward a year (and a week) from last season’s finale. Tonight, the first episode of Can You Duet's second season premiered. It started out with a brief recap of last year. Then, it was onto a rundown of the specifics of the competition and the end result for one pair, a recording contract with Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram).
Next up was the introduction of this season’s judging panel. Speaking of the label tied to promoting the winning duo, its founder, president, and CEO Scott Borchetta is on for the duration. In his CMT blog, here’s what he had to say about the duties he took on: “There was no desire for me to be a judge. There was a desire to work with the platform and see if we could break an act out of it.” I like the way that he thinks and it makes perfect sense to me. I’m really looking forward to his input during the whole show and then seeing how Big Machine Records works with the winning duo.