'Country' wannabes will warble


Actress Sean Young, 'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick and former Jackson 5 member Jermaine Jackson have "Gone Country" at CMT.

The cable network has ordered a second season of the reality competition series, in which a group of celebrities vie for a chance at releasing a country single.

Season 2 competitors also include Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach, who recently competed on sister network MTV's "Celebrity Rap Superstar"; actress-singer Irene Cara; "American Idol" finalist Mikalah Gordon; and actor Lorenzo Lamas, who recently popped up on ABC's "The Bachelor," on which his daughter Shayne is one of two remaining contestants.

Production on Season 2 is under way for an August premiere, with singer John Rich of Big & Rich returning to host and choose the winner.

The first season of "Country," which ended March 7, became CMT's highest-rated series ever, averaging 769,000 total viewers.

The show is executive produced by David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe of Renegade 83 Prods.; Marc Oswald; and CMT's Melanie Moreau and Bob Kusbit. (partialdiff)