Contest To Search For Next Joplin

Janis Joplin's estate has thrown its support behind a three-pronged celebration of the late singer's life.

Janis Joplin's estate has thrown its support behind a three-pronged celebration of the late singer's life. The key component will be "Search for the Pearl," a TV talent search to uncover the next Joplin that will begin production later this year and air on a channel to be announced. Eventually, five finalists will be chosen to audition before a panel of judges in San Francisco.

The winner will then embark on a world tour with Joplin's former backing bands: Big Brother & the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band. A star-studded tribute concert featuring the winner is also in the works for 2006.

The news comes days before Joplin will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award this weekend at the Grammys. Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone will participate in a musical tribute to Joplin during the ceremony, which airs Sunday (Feb. 13) on CBS.

Joplin's life will be the subject of the biopic "The Gospel According to Janis," which will star pop vocalist Pink. The film will be directed by Penelope Spheeris ("The Decline of Western Civilization," "Wayne's World") and is slated for release by the end of the year.

Renee Zellweger is also attached to a Joplin film titled "Piece of My Heart," but the status of the project is unknown.