CMT is giving an an early renewal to Nigel Lythgoe’s music competition series CMT’s Next Superstar.

The network has picked up the show, which is produced by the American Idol executive producer along with his son Simon, for a second season.

The news comes as Next Superstar goes into its last four episodes of this debut season. The show is also planning a surprise for fans, having actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth perform on June 10’s live season-finale. The upcoming Good Christian Belles star has a long history in Broadway musical theater and turned heads during her Emmy-nominated guest stint on Fox’s Glee.

CMT’s Next Superstar has country music star contestants write songs and make music videos along with other music industry challenges in addition to stage performing. Superstar will roll out season 2 later this year or in early 2012.

“Unlike other talent shows, we will continue to push for the entire package,” Nigel Lythgoe says. “We were so thrilled to see the talent on the first season really step up and tackle each week’s challenges. We can’t wait to see just how far the finalists on season 2 are willing to go for the chance at superstardom.”

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