Jeff Labrecque
August 26, 2009 AT 12:46 PM EDT

The Singing Bee, which flopped on NBC  in 2007 but became CMT’s top-rated series of 2009, was renewed for a second season. Variety reports that the cable network, which gave the sing-along competition show a country spin and replaced Joey Fatone with Melissa Peterman, ordered 20 new episodes to begin airing next January.

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