Following her turn as a key advisor on NBC’s The Voice in 2017, Shania Twain is returning to reality TV for a more permanent gig. TVLine reports that Twain has been tapped to host a new country music competition series for USA Network titled Real Country.
Real Country will feature emerging solo artists, duos and groups performing in showcases based around specific country subgenres. These artists will be handpicked by Twain and her cohost, fellow country star Jake Owen. At the end of each showcase, the best artists will be chosen to perform in a grand finale with the opportunity to be named one of country’s next breakout stars. Variety reports that the eight-part series will begin filming in Nashville this summer and premiere later this fall.
Twain and Owen both expressed excitement over working on Real Country according to Variety.
“I will always be grateful for music, whether I’m performing or listening, and I want to encourage up-and-coming artists to tell their stories, find their audiences and make their mark in country music with the same guidance that artists have given to me throughout my journey,” Owen said.
Twain expressed similar sentiments: “I feel it’s time for me to add my own support in finding our greatest undiscovered talent. It’s beyond thrilling to be leading the charge with Real Country, and I’m on a mission to find artists who will keep country music diverse and dynamic. The kind of diversity that inspired all of us.”
In September 2017, Twain released her first album in 15 years, aptly titled Now. Per Rolling Stone, the record is her first effort after her 2010 divorce from Mutt Lange, who produced her top-selling album, Come On Over.