Variety has today confirmed that Simon Cowell is in advanced negotiations with CBS to produce a brand new music show.
Teaming up with industry big wigs Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Simon’s company Syco Entertainment are set to launch the new show format in the near future .
Sources say the show will be called “50 States to Stardom” and will be a mix of a music competition coupled with a unique documentary format. The aim will be to discover America’s next greatest singing talent.
Variety revealed that the new docuseries will profile all 50 states in the U.S. and narrow down one talented musician from each one. The process will culminate in a showcase competition where one winner will be crowned the most talented musician in the country.
As with most talent shows, the series will feature a panel of expert judges to whittle down the hopefuls. Of course, America will also have their say and will get the chance to vote for who they think should be America’s next star.
Hoping for a new approach to the now tired talent show formula, ‘50 States to Stardom’ hopes to capture each contestant’s journey — both in the competition and outside of it — drawing on influences from successful reality TV formats such as Love Island, The Bachelor and Big Brother.
Grazer and Howard’s Imagine Entertainment and Cowell’s SyCo Entertainment will be the show’s main production companies.
Grazer, Howard, Samie Kim Falvey and Justin Wilkes are set to executive produce for Imagine, and Cowell will executive produce alongside Richard Wallace for SYCO.
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