USA Network's music talent contest "Real Country" will feature guest appearances from Willie Nelson, Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich. In addition, the network has announced that "Real Country" will premiere Nov. 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The show will be hosted by radio personality Graham Bunn, formerly of KKGO/Go Country 105 in Los Angeles. Bunn is also known for his appearances on ABC's "The Bachelorette," "The Bachelor in Paradise" and "Bachelor Pad."
As previously reported, "Real Country" will feature unsigned solo singers, duos and groups competing to be named one of the country music's next breakout acts. Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt are the show's judges. Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin are the executive producers of "Real Country."
The show's first season will have eight episodes, including the two-hour season finale. "Real Country" is produced by Wilshire Studios and filmed in Nashville. People interested in being a part of the studio audience can get free tickets here.
"Real Country" isn't the first country-oriented talent contest on USA Network. From 2003 to 2007, the network televised "Nashville Star," before the show moved to NBC for its final season in 2008. "Nashville Star" is best known for being the show that gave Miranda Lambert her big break; she came in third place on the show's first season.
Before the premiere of "Real Country," Nelson's fans can catch him on AXS TV's exclusive, live Farm Aid 2018 telecast on Sept. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT.