The 3rd season of Gone Country debuts on Saturday, January 24th, featuring Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini.

Joining him in this season’s cast are 80′s singer Taylor Dane, grand master funk George Clinton, drummer Sheila E., Monkee Micky Dolenz, former Miss USA Tara Conner, and actor Richard Grieco.

I may actually watch this. George Clinton and Micky Dolenz FTW!

Justin’s got a whole lotta other stuff going on right now, too. Here is his schedule:

  • Mondays – Justin hosts The Justin Guarini Show on BlogTalkRadio.com, 9 PM ET
  • Tuesdays - Justin Vlogs about Idol for Fancast.com. Justin is featured in a weekly segment on EXTRA commenting on AI.
  • Wednesdays – Justin Vlogs about Idol for Fancast.com. Justin is featured in a weekly segment on EXTRA commenting on AI. Justin co-hosts Idol Tonight beginning in March, 7:00 PM on the TV Guide Network
  • Fridays – Justin co-hosts Idol Wrap on the TV Guide Network, 8 pm.
  • SaturdaysGone Country, CMT, 8 pm.

Check out the trailer for Gone Country, after the Jump…

 
  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Oh I will watch this, George Clinton is funeeeee and I loved me some Mickey back in the day! I think this will be a fun and interesting group????

  • mac

    I was never really a big Justin Guarini fan, but I have come to really like him on the Idol Wrap show. He is really funny (so glad they seemed to have gotten rid of the Roseanna, Kimberley combo and replaced Roseanna with Justin). I admire his perseverance to keep his name out there and he seems to be a hard worker. I will definitely be watching the show.

  • fishergirl819

    Typo alert in this news story! Justin Guarini was the FIRST SEASON runner up. Clay Aiken was the second season runner up.

  • gingerly

    Do people actually watch this show?

  • siren

    I am looking forward to seeing Justin on Gone Country. George Clinton was his roommate. Justin’s radio show is fun. He and Kim have great chemistry on Idol Wrap. 2009 is going to be a great year for Justin. He’s getting married this year too.

  • siren

    Gone Country is CMT’s highest rated network program.

  • gingerly

    I don’t do CMT…I actually watch very little TV. I may catch the videos here (or I may not if they don’t excite me). Oh, and I really hate mainstream country. I’m an alt-country/amerciana lover…they rarely get on TV. At first blush, this show sounds horrible. At second blush, well you put a bunch of (mostly/formerly) famous people on and have them sing country…genius.

  • Ladybug

    Et tu, Justin??? First Diana DeGarmo … will McPhee be far behind?

    Actually I love Justin and I really like this show. Last round had the ineffable Sebastian Bach, who won, and I love me some Baz.

    It is entertaining and that house!!! ‘Nuff said.

  • poporange

    Micky in the show that would be nice to see.

    gingerly-What is Alt-country?

  • gingerly

    Alt-country is country maybe before it was mainstream. It’s rawer for sure. It’s got the twang, for sure, but none of the cliches that make country what it is. Check out Billy Joe Shaver, Steve Earle, and actually the Dixie Chicks could be considered Alt-Country for eschewing that pop driven country that is so prevalent now.

  • SashaB

    Justin is going Country? Well, join the club in a long list of other pop stars who are headed that way: Jewel, Jessica Simpson, Michelle Branch (now part of the Wreckers) and even Darius Rucker (formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish fame). Country music seems to be covering a ton of pop songs lately. I just watched a Jewel video this morning on CMT. Blake Shelton has a solid hit with “Home” which was first done by Michael Buble. Seems like Country is going through a general popification and has been trending that way since Shania Twain and Faith Hill crossed over. So makes sense, that crossover works both ways.

    Kellie Pickler and Carrie both seem to have curried Nasheville and radio favor. Carrie always thanks country radio for playing her songs from the get go. They certainly didn’t have to. It’s not as easy as it seems though to get airplay and Nasheville love. But good luck to him. Nice to see that he wants to stay in music rather than be the TV Guide Idol Tonight guy.

  • meme

    Not sure if I can sit through another season of Gone Country after last year. Is it me or isn’t Justin looking a tad bit like Richard Simmons these days? :shock_tb:

  • oceana

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s odd that he’s “going country”? Wasn’t he trying jazz last year? He seems to jump on any bandwagon, instead of having a real sense of who he is musically.

    Jewel I can understand, as she had country roots before she sang pop, but Justin, I never thought of him as a country singer. Honestly I don’t think he’s got what it takes to be a singer. But a tv personality, okay.

    I’d rather see Danny Noreiga on Idol Wrap than Justin. Danny’s funnier, imo.

    Last year, there was Rosanna, Kim, and Justin. Rosanna was still there. Is she gone this year?

    Kellie and Carrie have worked hard to get where they are, they’ve put out good cds, and toured, and worked their butts off. I also think they both have more talent than Justin. I just never thought he was was very talented.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I love this show! Thanks for the update on when it starts, mj. I was wondering, actually, because I hadn’t seen anything about it.

    ETA: Justin being on the show doesn’t necessarily mean that he will automatically make a country album as a byproduct of it. The format is that all of the people compete to record one song with John Rich. They write songs with Nashville songwriters and perform them live at a Nashville bar in front of an audience, plus John Rich and some Nashville music industry execs, who decide on the winner. But, to make the show more interesting, during the two weeks of taping, they have to participate in “country” activities to help them understand how country music fans live (in the words of John Rich).

    ALL of the people who participate are people you never imagined would record country music. Past contestants have been Julio Iglesias Jr, Bobby Brown, Carnie Wilson, Maureen McCormack (Marcia Brady on the Brady Bunch), Sebastian Bach, Jermaine Jackson, Chris Kirkpatrick (from NSYNC) etc. I mean, Mikalah Gordon from AI4 was even on there last season and she’s nowhere near a country singer (or a singer to begin with, but that’s another conversation…). Anyway, just a little explanation about the format. :)

  • JudyOhio

    Wonder if Justin will EVER do something different with his hair! Not putting him down or anything, but he has gone 8 years with that “do” and usually people experiment with their hair once in awhile. Maybe he thinks people wouldn’t recognize him without it? It is nice to see he’s been able to stay in the business and make a career of it after AI1 though.

  • abbysee

    I didn’t like Justin on season one. His cd changed that for me, and I sometimes listen to it still. He’s very talented. I don’t know if I love the idea of him doing country, but I just may check it out because I really like him.

  • Niall

    I don’t know why they are doing a third season. I saw bits of the first season and it was pretty obvious Degarmo was the only one taking the country career route seriously. It was good for her because it hooked her up with John Rich and she’s actually writing and performing country in Nashville nowadays. For everybody else it is just a paycheck I guess. I can’t imagine Guarini moving to Nashville but maybe he’s been inspired by Darius Rucker’s success.

  • oceana

    Sarah, thanks for explaining the format of the show.