Did the Can You Duet Judges get it right?

CMT partnered with the producers of American Idol to create this show but without fans to vote for their favorites, did Aimee Mayo, Brett Manning and Naomi Judd chose the right duo or one for SonyBMG?

Stunned. That’s all I can say. When I found out that the producers of American Idol had teamed up with CMT to produce “Can You Duet.” Like American Idol, the show’s goal was to discover an unknown talent and give them a chance at music stardom. Unlike American Idol, the judges were the ones who would choose the winners. This is what shocked me at first. I thought that the show would produce the most photogenic homogenized duo or one that simply sang “OK” but looked like stars.

But that didn’t happen.

Sure, Caitlin and Will won with stellar vocal skills (and Will’s strong guitar abilities) but I didn’t think SonyBMG would want the duo. I thought the judges would choose Brownell & Ritchey for the label. After all, it’s not all about musical talent these days but rather who these labels can market and sell to radio and fans. Stunned. I’m happy the judges were given the autonomy to choose who they did (even if part of me thinks they were told not to keep Joey and Rory because they WOULDN’T know what to do with that pure country duo). So, in the end methinks the judges got one right. Brownell & Richey had good stage presence but I don’t know if country radio OR SonyBMG needed a younger Montgomery Gentry. Caitlin and Will have the opportunity to tread on the same ground that Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town does with the male-female vocal dynamic and that alone, in my eyes, made them the duo to beat on Can You Duet.

Thankfully, they were.