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MTV takes the world of singing competitions to new heights this summer when new series, "Copycat" premieres on Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Jonathan Bennett of "Mean Girls" fame, the series will showcase contestants who think they can sing just like their favorite music artists. Imitation is the highest form of flattery but will these contestants be able to do their idols justice?
In each episode of "Copycat" six contestants pay tribute to their celebrity icons in a "cat fight battle," where two fans who idolize the same artist are pitted against one another in a sing off in front of a live studio audience. The audience is not able to see the singers at first so the contestants must rely on their voices alone to impress them and win their votes. Some contestants may be able to fool the crowd into thinking they are the real thing while others will leave the audience running for the door. The two final performers will then undergo makeovers and transform them into their celebrity idols, for one last performance of the idols' songs in an effort to win $5,000!
"Copycat" is executive produced by Mike Fleiss and Brendon Carter and Co-Executive produced by Matt Laesch. "Copycat" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Lauren Dolgen, Alice Dickens and Kristina Edwards are Development Executives for MTV. Jennifer Russakoff is Production Executive for MTV. Host Jonathan Bennett Bio: Bennett's first foray into a studio film was the smash hit "Mean Girls" from Lorne Michaels and writer Tina Fey. In the romantic comedy "Lovewrecked" Bennett transitioned into the love interest of Amanda Bynes. He has since starred in "The Dukes of Hazzard," the comedy romp "Bachelor Party Vegas," the sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen," and "National Lampoon's Van Wilder: Freshman Year." More recently, Bennett executive produced and starred in the film "Authors Anonymous" opposite Kaley Cuoco. He produced and carried a supporting role in "Pawn" and is currently in production on "Submerged." Jonathan's other credits include "Elevator Girl," "The Assistants," "Slightly Single In L.A," "Memorial Day," "Cats Dancing On Jupiter," "Divorce Invitation" and "Holiday High School Reunion." About MTV: MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand. With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its Emmy®, Grammy® and Peabody® award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile. MTV's sibling networks MTV2 and mtvU each deliver unparalleled customized content for young males, music fans and college students, and its online HUB MTV.com is a leading destination for music, news and pop culture. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms About Warner Horizon Television: Warner Horizon Television (WHTV) is one of the entertainment industry's leading producers of scripted series for the cable marketplace and Primetime reality series for both network and cable. Founded in 2006, this production entity allows the Warner Bros. Television Group to expand its programming offerings and explore creative options made possible under a new business model. WHTV's current scripted programs are Rizzoli & Isles and Dallas for TNT; Ground Floor, Sullivan & Son and Buzzy's for TBS; Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family; Longmire for A&E; and The Lottery for Lifetime. Its unscripted series include The Voice for NBC, The Bachelor franchise - which also includes The Bachelorette and the upcoming Bachelor in Paradise - for ABC,Famous in 12 for The CW and Copycat for MTV.