Unable to find a permanent replacement singer since the apparent suicide of Michael Hutchence in 1997, veteran Australian rock act INXS is turning to reality TV. The band is teaming with Los Angeles-b
Unable to find a permanent replacement singer since the apparent suicide of Michael Hutchence in 1997, veteran Australian rock act INXS is turning to reality TV. The band is teaming with Los Angeles-based Mark Burnett Productions, creators of "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "The Contender" to film a new series called "Rock Star."
"Rock Star" will be produced by David Goffin, former supervising producer of "American Idol". Cameras will follow the band as it goes on a global trek auditioning new singers. The series will assess contenders through workshops covering songwriting, performance, image and production. It is expected to air in the United States next year. The winner will record an album with INXS and will join the band on a world tour.
"After Michael died, we wanted to search the world for a new singer but didn't know how we could effectively do that," INXS guitarist Tim Farriss says in a statement.
Since Hutchence's death in a Sydney hotel room, INXS have used a string of guest singers, including British pop artist Terence Trent D'Arby and Australian rock veteran Jimmy Barnes. Sydney-based New Zealander Jon Stevens, formerly with local Sony act Noiseworks, joined the band for U.S. and European tours between 2001-2003. Earlier this year, press reports in Australia suggested that INXS were to team with Suze deMarchi, the Boston-based singer who fronted Aussie act Baby Animals.