CMT brings back 'Gone Country'

George Clinton, Micky Dolenz among competitors

CMT is bringing its singing competition series "Gone Country" back for a third season.

Celebrities competing for country music stardom this time around include musicians George Clinton and Sheila E., former Miss USA Tara Conner, singer Taylor Dayne, Monkees lead vocalist/drummer Micky Dolenz, actor Richard Grieco and "American Idol" first-season runner-up Justin Guarini.

The third season of the series, which is in production in Nashville, premieres in January, with John Rich returning as host.

The contestants will spend two weeks working with songwriters on a country song. At the end of two weeks, the celebrity whom Rich deems most prepared to impress a country audience will record and release their single to country radio. Previous winners were Julio Iglesias Jr. (Season 1) and Sebastian Bach (Season 2).

"Gone Country" is executive produced by David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe of Renegade 83 Prods. Chad Greulach and Marc Oswald also serve as executive producers alongside CMT's Melanie Moreau and Bob Kusbit.