CMT has launched its new series, CMT’s Nashville Squares, which a fresh take on the classic game show, Hollywood Squares, and also follows VH1’s Hip Hop Squares. The show features the original Hollywood Squares format, which finds two contestants playing a game of tic-tac-toe by asking questions to celebrities who are sitting in squares that form a giant tic-tac-toe board. After the celebrity answers a question, the contestant must either agree or disagree with the answer, and if the contestant makes the right decision, they get on the board and win some money.
In CMT’s version of the show, the contestants are also celebrities who are playing to win money for a fan. Singer-songwriter and Nashville Squares cast member Mickey Guyton, who has been both a square and a contestant, chatted with Sounds Like Nashville about the show.
“I was so nervous,” Guyton says of filming the show. “Especially when I was one of the contestants, that’s when I was really nervous. When I was one of the people giving the answers, that was a different story, but when I was a contestant, I really, really wanted to win for my person so that they could get whatever money they were going to get.”
The show, hosted by Bob Saget, features a host of country stars such as Guyton, Sara Evans, Deana Carter, Tanya Tucker, Devin Dawson, and more. Other big name celebrities, such as Marie Osmond, Bill Engvall, Gary Busey, and Melissa Peterman, also make appearances throughout the season.
“It’s just so interesting,” Guyton says of the cast. “Tanya Tucker is a legend. Sara Evans and Deana Carter, and even people like Loni Love from The Real, and Kenya Moore from Real Housewives of Atlanta, everybody is so kind. They’re my peers now, but growing up with them as a fan, I just was expecting something different, and they’re all just so real.”
In addition to the tic-tac-toe competition, the show features routines from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as musical performances and other fun moments. Guyton says she has a genuinely good time while on set, which allows her fans to get to know her in a different way.
“A lot of my music has been serious, so [people have] been able to see my personality more, which I thought was really fun,” she says. “They finally get to see that I’m actually pretty crazy. I have a lot of fun.”
Tune into CMT on December 6 at 8pm ET to catch the next two episodes of Nashville Squares.