CMT Announces Top 10 Contestants ‘CMT’s Next Superstar’

CMT has announced the 10 contestants who will compete to be CMT’s Next Superstar, the new singing competition produced by the father/son team of Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Lythgoe.

The show premieres Friday April 8th at 9 PM on CMT. The contestants include two people who auditioned for American Idol this year and made it to Hollywood as well as a songwriter with an Idol connection. The contestants are:

  • Bri Bagwell, 23, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Adrienne Beasley, 22, Wickliffe, Ky.
  • Courtney Cole, 24, Mandeville, La.
  • Danielle Lauderdale, 23, Orange Park, Fla.
  • Andrea Person, 29, Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Steven Clawson, 29, Thomasville, Ga.
  • Matt Dame, 37, Batesville, Ark.
  • Matt Mason, 25, Fairland, Ind.
  • Ben Smith, 29, Gainesville, Texas
  • Wynn Varble, 50, Hampshire, Tenn.
  • You may remember Adrienne Beasley from her American Idol audition in Nashville (VIDEO here). She got cut in Hollywood. Danielle Lauderdale also auditioned for AI this year but was not shown this season. She does have a Road To Hollywood video at the AI site.

    Steven Clawson and Matt Mason are former Nashville Star contestant (Season 3 and Season 4 respectively). Wynn Varble is a Nashville songwriter who’s had multiple #1 hits for acts like Easton Corbin, Brad Paisley, and Darryl Worley. He also cowrote Kellie Pickler’s top 20 single “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind” from her debut album.

    Here’s the main CMT’s Next Superstar page with cast pics, bios, and videos.

    Links to sites that have music or more info available:

    Bri Bagwell
    Stephen Clawson
    Courtney Cole
    Matt Dame’s page on
    Danielle Lauderdale
    Matt Mason
    Andrea Person
    Ben Smith
    Wynn Varble’s official website

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