Two things I hate is reality TV that doesn’t involve bounty-hunting and trucks driving on ice and and musicians from other genres that think Country Music is some slum where they can make some easy money on the gullible fan base. Needless to say, I hate CMT’s “Gone Country.”
Of course I haven’t seen the program yet since it premiers tonight and I’m not high enough on the media food chain to warrant a preview, but I’ll chance it. the show features Carnie Wilson, Maureen “Marcia Brady” McCormick, Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider , Sisqo of “Thong Song” fame, Julio Iglesias Jr., “American Idol” runner-up Diana DeGarmo and Boston bad boy Bobby Brown. That’s right THAT Bobby Brown.
In spite of Carnie Wilson’s lineage to brilliance and Julio Iglesias Jr.’s tie to Willie via his daddy, there’s not a serious contender in the sordid bunch. What we have is The Surreal Life- Nashville Bound!
The producers are banking on the difference with these cohabiting “celebrities” which is that beyond simply extending their faded fame for at least seven episodes, the one that can endure the most public humiliation will cut a single produced by host John Rich of Big and Rich, the Nashville comedy duo that have sold jillions of units and gives this team of competitors hope.
I mean, if Big and Rich can do it why can’t Sisqo?
These people have about as much chance as being legit country musicians as Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie have in being farm hands.
Bon Jovi, Jewel, Jessica Simpson and Beyoncé are all stiffing around the Nashville salt lick for easy money and fans that they and their management must think are fools with tons of soon-to-be-parted money.
As a passionate fan of the country genre to which this blog attests, I suggest the celebrities try rap. Yes, you too Sisqo.