February 03, 2010 at 09:01 PM EST

Evan Farmer — who TV audiences might remember as a member of the boy band in MTV’s first made-for-TV movie 2GE+HER or more recently as a host/handyman on TLC’s While You Were Out — has been tapped as the new emcee of CMT Top 20 Countdown. Farmer’s first episode airs this Friday at 11 a.m. ET. Lance Smith, who joined CMT as its first VJ in 2001, and went on to host more than 400 episodes of the show, left the network last December to pursue acting.

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