Bobby Brown spent two weeks outside of Nashville, but does that make him country enough for John Rich, one half of Music City's super duo Big & Rich and host of the CMT reality show Gone Country?
Brown, along with Carnie Wilson, Dee Snider, Diana DeGarmo, Julio Iglesias Jr., Sisqo and Maureen McCormack were challenged to immerse themselves in the "country lifestyle" - think fried chicken and guitar pickin' - in order to write and perform a country song that will win one of them the opportunity to record and release their own twanged-up tune.
On the show's finale, airing 8 p.m. ET Friday, March 7, each act takes the stage of the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville, vying for pure country certification. Perhaps inspired by a head-bowing pre-show prayer from Rich's preacher father, Brown - dressed in black - raised his arms to the heavens, then dropped to his knees and crawled across the floor during an emotional performance of "The Man I'm Gonna Be."
Back on two feet, Brown told his castmates that he was feeling good. "I felt like Top Cat. I've been through a lot and I wanted to let people know Bobby Brown is still standing." When he's not kneeling, of course.
The winning celebrity will be announced by Rich at the conclusion of the program.