Gone Country premiered on CMT on January 25, 2008. John Rich of Big & Rich will give one of seven celebrities a chance at a country music career in this series. The celebrities will live in a Nashville mansion together and will compose songs with Nashville songwriters. In each episode, the cast will compete against each other in challenges that will test them musically and physically to adapt to a country music lifestyle, both on and off the stage. At the end of two weeks, the artist who is most prepared to impress a country audience, as determined by Rich, will record and release a song.