As if taking ownership of the American Idol franchise wasn’t enough, Disney is on a quest to dominate the music scene on television as is evident by the announcement today that they will be kicking off a new reality music competition show called BOY BAND.
At today’s upfront presentation ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that singer Rita Ora will host this summer’s music competition series and feature Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) who will join the series as “architects” — experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to stardom.
In “Boy Band,” undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. From The Beatles to The Jackson 5 to Backstreet Boys and One Direction, generations around the world have always had an insatiable thirst for boy bands. The 10-episode series will chronicle the journey of young male vocalists who will compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in America’s next great boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
At the start of the season, thousands of talented singers audition for one of 18 spots in three bands that will need to impress the architects in hopes of evading elimination. Each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform, live, for America. Architects will critique each band’s performance and collectively determine two contestants who are up for elimination. After performing solo “survival” songs, viewers at home will vote for their favorite to remain in the competition. In the finale, America’s favorite five band members will be announced, and they will perform their brand-new single together for the first time.
BOY BAND premieres at 8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT, on ABC, Thursday, June 22, 2017.