After a healthy bidding war, CBS has landed the Mark Burnett-produced reality series in which aspiring musicians will compete to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS.
After a healthy bidding war, CBS has landed the Mark Burnett-produced reality series in which aspiring musicians will compete to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS. Originally pitched as "Rock Star," the now untitled reality series is described as a cross between "American Idol" and the hit Burnett series "Survivor," set in the world of rock music.
After a multi-continent search with auditions in cities throughout the United States and Canada, as well as London, Tokyo and INXS' hometown of Sydney, about a dozen male and female finalists will be selected to live together in a Hollywood Hills home. The winner will embark on a worldwide concert tour with INXS and sing on the group's next album.
The series is set to premiere in summer 2005. It will feature two hours of programming each week: a combination of taped segments that focus on the relationships between the contestants in the house, live performances and a weekly elimination determined by viewers, judges and INXS band members.
How the two hours will be broken down into broadcasts is yet to be determined.
"INXS is one of the world's premier rock bands, and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone," Burnett said. "Rock stars are colorful personalities and charismatic performers who make great reality TV characters. Add to that a global format, elimination-style competition and the enormous stakes of becoming the lead singer in a successful group, and you have a unique environment for compelling unscripted drama."
In addition to his four-year "Survivor" relationship with CBS, Burnett said he was attracted to the network for the new project because of the additional opportunities stemming from CBS' hosting of the Grammys and the network's sibling music-oriented cable and radio properties, including MTV and VH1.