Were you sitting at home, thinking to yourself that we need another singing competition? If American Idol, The Voice, X Factor and Duets wasn't enough for you, you are in luck. The CW just launched The Next last night.
Featuring Gloria Estefan, Nelly, John Rich and Joe Jonas as celebrity mentors, The Next is viewed as a more intimate contest, which the mentors moving into each contestant's life for 72 hours to help groom them for their potential big break, according to the Huffington Post.
The show will be based out of six cities - New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Baltimore (?) and Orlando (??). The Next is seeking out hometown artists that are already established in the local area, but haven't landed that elusive music contract.
Queen Latifah is service as an executive producer and, upon the creation of the show, turned to her friends Estefan and Nelly to give contestants supportive, honest feedback.
"[We don’t want to] make buffoonery of artists and bring on people who can’t really sing at all and you know can’t sing," Latifah said. "They make good TV, but they’re terrible ... I wanna be satisfied when I’m watching a show. I just hate it when you poke too much fun, and it’s almost like being a bully."
Hometown fans will vote for their own city's winner. After a winner emerges from each locale (as well as a fan favorite selected by the home viewers), the show will conduct final downs that whittle down the talent pool to just one, who will receive a record deal with Atlantic Records.
It seems odd to me they didn't include Nashville, especially with Rich as a judge. Oh well.
Did you check out The Next?