Another singing show to bow, this time on CW

Don’t look for the musical competition trend to end anytime soon. CW announced today that it, too, will launch a talent show this summer from Queen Latifah.

The Star Next Door will supposedly go on “a nationwide search for undiscovered artists on the verge of stardom.” Here is the full description from the network announcement: “In this new take on the music competition genre, superstar mentors, including pop legend Gloria Estefan and country star John Rich, will travel to where the talent is, immersing themselves in the lives and towns of these local performers and preparing them for the chance to represent their home city on stage, live, in front of America.” Hey, that’s a new twist! (Not). But John Rich! He could be fun, right?

Anyway, let’s here from the network honcho. “One of my first goals here at The CW was to increase the number of hours of original programming, both throughout the season and during the summer.  With these four new reality series, we’re launching our biggest summer schedule yet which will boost our circulation during the summer months and provide us with a promotional platform for our fall launch,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW, in a statement.

Pedowitz also ordered two other reality shows for summer: Breaking Pointe, which will offer an insider look at the competitive world of ballet, and The Catalina, which follows the employees and guests at a Miami hotel. Premiere dates will be announced later.

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