From executive producer and hip-hip icon Queen Latifah comes “The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep,” premiering at 9 p.m., Thursday, August 16 on The CW.
The network states that in this “twist on reality singing competitions,” Queen of Latin Pop Gloria Estefan, pop icon Joe Jonas, multi-platinum hip-hop artist Nelly and country superstar John Rich will serve as “mentors,” traveling to six different cities — Orlando, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles — to immerse themselves in the lives of local up-and-coming musicians on the brink of stardom and prepare them for the performances of their lives as well as the chance to win a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
“The series is a music talent show, I’m really excited about it,” says Joe Jonas, who was in Philadelphia on July 4 to participate in the 2012 “Welcome America” concert on Ben Franklin Parkway. “I’m going to be moving in with someone. The judges will be going to different cities in the states. There will be four people auditioning in each city and these artists are going to be either people that had a chance in the past, maybe they possibly got dropped from a record label. Also there will be people that are local stars or local celebrities. I’m going to be living with them for 72 hours. I’m going to be spending time with their families, learning about them. Say they flip burgers, I’m going to be flipping burgers with them, just so that it’s really hands-on, so that I can really get to know this artist, [and] so that we can work together for this audition. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I am really looking forward to it.”
In the premiere episode, Estefan surprises her contestant, Cori, at a boat party and teaches her how to deal with her stage fright. Jonas brings Tayler out of her comfort zone by having her perform material outside her musical repertoire. Meanwhile, Nelly puts Itzy on the spot, making her perform in front of her customers at work, and Rich gets comfortable in Michael’s personal space, all while giving him the tools he’ll need for an unforgettable performance — cowboy boots included.
Disneydreaming.com contributed to this report.