Nigel Lythgoe courtesy Greg Hernandez (CC 2.0)

Nigel Lythgoe courtesy Greg Hernandez (CC 2.0)

CMT’s Next Superstar is American Idol exec producer Nigel Lythgoe’s newest creation where he (and his son Simon) are presenting a new Idol-style singing-songwriting competition series.

Contestants will produce records at legendary Sun Studio in Nashville where Elvis Presley (and so many others) made early recordings.

Competitors will also perform at Army bases and maybe even prisons, vis-à-vis Johnny Cash.

10 shows are scheduled for April and the winner will be announced during the CMT Awards with the winner’s song introduced at the same moment.