Elliott will star in and serve as the co-executive producer of the show, to find what creators call "the next big hip-hop star."

Missy Elliott's reality show probably won't debut on UPN until sometime next year, but viewers can expect the program to be a candid glimpse into what it's like to try to make it in the music industry.

Elliott will star in and serve as the co-executive producer of the show, to find what creators call "the next big hip-hop star." The series now has the title "The Road to Stardom With Missy Elliott," and UPN plans to air it as a mid-season replacement. The premiere date is still to be determined. Contestants went on tour with Elliott, with the winner receiving a record deal with Elliott's Gold Mind label.

The judges on the show are Elliott, Dallas Austin, Teena Marie and Elliott's manager, Mona Scott of Violator Management. Scott is also an executive producer of the series.

So what can viewers expect? Madonna, Busta Rhymes and Jermaine Dupri make guest appearances and give advice to contestants. In addition, Elliott returns to her high school in Portsmouth, Va., where the contestants perform one in a series of challenges.

At a Television Critics Association panel July 20 in Los Angeles, Elliott said in that particular challenge the contestants performed on the stage where the artist experienced her first talent show.

Elliott added, "My road to stardom was a whole different ball game. I didn't have money [and] cars to be able to take us around town. These kids had it hard, but it could get harder than what you see on the show. I don't think the challenges [on the show] were hard to do."

Elliott said that people who tried out thinking they were the next Clay Aiken or Diana DeGarmo were told "they were auditioning for the wrong show. What I was specifically looking for was, of course, somebody with talent. And it's not necessarily that they have to be the best singer or the best MC. It has to be something about them, like character, where they have a way of [making] a believer out of you."

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