Can You Duet FAQs

What kinds of singers are you looking for?

Although Can You Duet will be airing on CMT and will be primarily country music-based, we are looking for singers from all musical backgrounds to audition for the show. With the recent success of such crossover artists as Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock and Michelle Branch in the country genre, we highly encourage singers from all genres to give it your best shot.

What exactly constitutes a duet?

A duet, first and foremost, is made up of two people. Both members of the duet must sing. However, each person's role in the duet will vary from duo to duo. For instance, both members can be singers, and both can play instruments, or one person can be the primary singer while the other provides musical accompaniment and harmonizing background vocals.

What kinds of duos are you looking for?

Duos can be made up any two people that perform music together. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but some examples would be:

Best friends
Two siblings

What if I do not have a partner?

You will need to be a part of a duo to audition for the show, even if that means pairing with another solo participant in Nashville on the day of the open audition.

Producers strongly encourage everyone to arrive at the open call as a duo. If you are a solo singer, consider anyone you may have ever performed with (family, friends, co-workers, etc.) when thinking about who you could pair up with.

While producers and/or judges reserve the right to advance just one member of a duo in the competition, your performance is also being judged on the cohesiveness of your duo. Choose wisely.

If you are a solo singer who absolutely cannot find a partner prior to the day of the audition, you will still be able to audition by pairing up with someone in line the day of the open audition in Nashville. No one will be allowed to audition in front of producers without a partner.

If you submitted a video-tape audition as a solo performer, please note that those selected from video-taped submissions will still need to find a partner in line at the open call in Nashville before auditioning in front of the judges.

Should I send in a video submission if I plan to attend the open call in Nashville?

We are no longer accepting video submissions.

Definitely. There are several reasons why it is advantageous to send in a video submission even if you're still planning to audition in person:

  • Producers will be viewing video submissions prior to open call, and a select number of participants will be invited to bypass the open call in Nashville and audition directly in front of our judges (tentatively scheduled for Feb.18-19, 2008, in Nashville).
  • Recording a video of yourself or your duo performing allows you to showcase your talent completely on your terms. You will be able to perform an entire song. You will be able to control the lighting, the sound, etc. All of these are things you will not be in control of at the open call in Nashville.
  • In the event that you have a bad day at the open call in Nashville (i.e. you have a cold, your instrument doesn't work, your voice is off, etc.), producers will still have your video submission as a reference point to consider you for the competition. Again, a video submission allows you to be in control of what the producers see.

When will I know if my video tape has been pre-selected by producers?

Again, producers will only be contacting a select number of participants' video submissions to bypass our open call in Nashville and audition directly in front of judges (tentatively scheduled for Feb. 18-19, 2008). Those selected can expect to hear from producers by Dec. 17, 2007. This will give everyone not contacted by producers ample time to arrange for plans to attend the open call in Nashville.

If I send in a video submission and do not hear from producers, should I still come to the open call?

Definitely. The best thing you can do is get yourself in front of the producers so you can perform live. If you are not selected from the multitude of video submissions we receive, you do still have a chance to be selected to participate in the show by auditioning for the producers in Nashville. On the other hand, if you do not come to the open call in Nashville, you are giving yourself no chance to be considered for the show.

Additionally, depending on the amount of video submissions we receive, producers may not be able to view every tape. If you submit a video and do not hear from producers by Dec. 17, 2007, it does not mean we don't like you. You should still plan on coming to the Nashville open call, as that is the only shot you have at still making it on the show.

Can I bring a musical instrument with me to the open call in Nashville?

Yes, you will be allowed to perform at your audition with a musical instrument, but you will not be allowed to plug in, so make sure it's acoustic.

How much time will I have to audition at the open call in Nashville?

There is no guaranteed amount of time for each performance in the audition phase, so we highly suggest you start off with a bang and show us how great you are right from the very first note. Producers reserve the right to modify allotted times for auditions at their sole discretion.

Do I need to fill out any forms before coming to the open call?

Yes. Please download and complete the participant application/consent and release form, and bring it with you to the open call.

If you are submitting a video, you will need to include a completed and signed participant application/consent and release with your video. Tapes submitted without a signed release will not be considered.

Is there an age limit for this show?

No. There is no age limit on Can You Duet. All ages are welcome, but anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (who must sign all applicable forms).

When will this show air?

Can You Duet is currently scheduled to premiere in the spring of 2008 on CMT. However, this is subject to change at producer and/or network's discretion.

Can I sing anything I want in my audition tape, including non-country music?

Yes, you may sing any song you'd like in your audition tape.

Can I perform original music in my audition tape?

Yes, but you must still fill out all submission forms listed below.

How do I submit a video?

The deadline for submitting video tapes has passed.

Please read and follow all of these steps in submitting your video:

  1. -- Make a 2-5 minute videotape of yourself or your duo performing.
    -- After recording your performance, please spend a few minutes telling us about yourself/yourselves and what makes you great for the show.
    -- You cannot sing over a track for the audition tape. You must either sing a cappella or play instruments live (acoustic only, please.)
    -- We will accept VHS and DV tapes along with DVDs. (Please no hi-8s or formats that need VHS adaptors.) Label the tape or disc with your name (both names if you're submitting a duo), address and phone number.

  2. Download and complete the following forms. Please take your time and answer all the questions. We will not view your tape, unless you have completed, signed and enclosed the paperwork listed above. Every person in the audition video must sign each of the documents.

  3. Send it to our producers:

    Please label your package and send it to:
    "Can You Duet" Casting
    10153 Riverside Dr.
    Suite 745
    Toluca Lake, CA 91602

  4. Packages must be postmarked by Dec. 14, 2007, in order to be considered.

After the open call, when will I hear if I have been selected for the show?

It will be several weeks following completion of the auditions before decisions are made. Only those people selected to proceed will be contacted by a producer and given information for the next round.

Will I have to live in a house with someone if I'm chosen for the show?

No, those participants selected for the show will not be living in a house with all of the other contestants. Specifics on living arrangements will be provided to those who are selected to be a part of the show.

Will my duo partner be with me throughout the competition?

Not necessarily. The producers/judges reserve the right to advance or eliminate either member of any duo at any point during the competition. Similarly, duos may be split up and paired with other partners at any point during the competition at the sole discretion of the producers/judges.

How long will I need to be available for taping?

If you are selected to be on the show, you would have to be available to travel to and stay in Nashville for up to several weeks during the months of February and March 2008. (Schedule to be confirmed), depending on how far you advance. Your round-trip airfare, lodging and a per diem for your daily expenses will be provided.

Please note that this is a non-union production.


What should I wear to the open call in Nashville?

You can wear anything you like as long it doesn't have a distinctive logo, artwork or a product brand name.

When and where will the auditions in Nashville be held?

We are currently scheduled to visit Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 12, 2008, at the Wildhorse Saloon. We will post the registration and audition times as they become available. Remember, auditions take place rain or shine. Be sure to check back here for updated information.

City, venue and dates are subject to change.

What is the registration process?

Upon your arrival to the audition venue, you and your partner will check in together, present your completed and signed participant agreement/releases and be given wristbands. If you do not register with a partner, you will be sent to the waiting area where you will need to find yourself a partner to audition with. Once you have paired up with someone, go back to registration to get your wristbands. When you are called by the producers, you will go to a separate room to audition for the producers.

What do we need to bring to registration and what will happen?

When you arrive at the venue, you must have your completed and signed participant application and release and two forms of ID (one must be a valid, government-issued photo ID which includes your date of birth) -- for example, a birth certificate and driver's license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card. If you are under 18 years of age, you must bring your parent or legal guardian. If you bring a legal guardian, your legal guardian must bring proof of guardianship.

How long do the open auditions last?

Open auditions are currently scheduled for one day, Jan. 12, 2008. Audition schedule may change at the producer's discretion. Be sure to check back here for details.

Will everyone in line have the opportunity to audition on the audition day?

We would love to audition everyone that shows up. However, this may not be possible due to the tight production schedule. We cannot guarantee that everyone will be given the opportunity to audition, but we will make every effort to see everyone that shows up.

What happens if I am late for the auditions?

We will give you complete instructions at the time we pass out the wristbands. Everyone must show up for the audition on the scheduled day no later than the time instructed by the producer. If you are late, you may not have a chance to audition. Unfortunately, because we are expecting a large turnout to the auditions, even if you do show up when the venue opens, we cannot guarantee that you will be seen. You should arrive at the auditions as early as allowed at the audition venue you choose to attend. Our advice: Be on time all the time.

Do you charge for the auditions?

No, auditions are free. Wristbands are free. You just have to be physically present to get one, and you cannot audition without them.

Is there a charge for parking at the venue(s)?

There may be a charge for parking at the venue. The parking fees are set and collected by the venue manager. We have nothing to do with the parking fees or facilities. It is highly likely that you will have to pay for parking each time you come in and out of the parking structure. For example, if you leave the parking structure to go out and purchase food and then return, you will probably have to pay again.

Will there be anywhere to purchase food and drinks while in line at the audition venue?

We are hoping that food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue during the lineup. Be sure to check back here for further details. Please be sure to eat something prior to coming to the registration and audition. While concessions may be available inside the venue, it is important to eat before you get in line in order to keep your energy level up. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this could be the most important audition of your life.

I'm under 18. If my parent signs the release form, does he or she have to come with me to the audition?

Yes. If you are under 18 years of age, you must bring your parent or legal guardian to accompany you for the entire process. If you bring a legal guardian, your legal guardian must bring proof of guardianship.

What can I bring with me to the auditions?

The list below is not exhaustive and even if an item is listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such items from the venue. Any items you bring are your responsibility, and all bags are subject to search.

  • Banners
  • Blankets
  • Bottled water
  • Cell phones
  • Digital or still cameras (no video cameras)
  • Hats
  • Small bags
  • Small umbrellas
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

What should I not bring with me to the auditions?

The list of prohibited items below is not exhaustive, and even if an item is not listed below, the producers and security reserve the right to ask you to remove any such item from the venue. People in possession of prohibited items will be denied admission to the line and to the venue and may be subject to immediate disqualification. All bags are subject to search.

  • Air mattresses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals
  • Candles
  • Cans or bottles
  • Chairs that do not fold (i.e. lawn chairs, chaise lounges, molded plastic chairs)
  • Coolers of any kind unless for medical reasons (Yes, you'll have to prove it.)
  • Fireworks
  • Hair dryers
  • Illegal drugs
  • Luggage/suitcases
  • Tents
  • Video cameras or camcorders of any kind
  • Weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, Army knives or Swiss Army-type knives and all swords)
  • No children under the age of 5 years are allowed at the audition venues.

Please note that the audition day will be a very long day with a lot of standing/waiting, and it is not a suitable place for young children. Please do yourselves a favor and arrange for childcare if you are coming to the audition. For child welfare reasons, people accompanied by young children may be asked to leave the audition venue.