Mark Burnett will enter Idol territory with competition to select a band member.

Mark Burnett will enter Idol territory with competition to select a band member.
Mark Burnett is planning to enter the talent competition reality series arena. Along with American Idol defector David Goffin, Variety reports that Burnett “is readying an edgier version of ‘Idol’ focusing on rock music … [that] will search for a crooner who could step in as the lead singer of an existing, internationally known rock group.” During the selection process, the members of that “band will play a key role (a la ‘The Apprentice’)–though viewers are likely to have some influence on the outcome.” Variety says this might be part of his revenge against FOX for their plan to create a competing boxing reality TV show like the one he’s producing for NBC. The new series is currently nameless, and it will “be pitched to networks within the next week.”
+ update: the show will be called Rock Star.
+ and: the group is INXS.

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John Rocker

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Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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