The WB TV network is launching a reality series, "The WB's Superstar USA," that will parody the "American Idol" phenomenon.

The WB TV network is launching a reality series, "The WB's Superstar USA," that will parody the "American Idol" phenomenon.

Premiering May 17, the seven-episode series (which has already been filmed) deliberately chooses the worst singers among unsuspecting contestants who go on to compete for a grand prize of a record deal worth $100,000. The show is hosted by former MTV VJ Brian McFayden and judged by Tone-Loc, Vitamin C and TV producer Chris Briggs.

Although choosing untalented singers is part of the joke, the WB promises that the grand prize will be real. A participating record company has yet to be announced.

"In this series, the viewing audience will be rewarded with a fun, funny and entertaining send-up of the genre, but in the end, you'll be won over by our superstar," says WB CEO Jordan Levin in a statement.

Executive producer Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor," "Are You Hot?") adds, "This show will certainly strike a whole new chord with audiences and is sure to get people talking. The fact that we were able to perpetuate a hoax of this magnitude with thousands of people for more than a month is absolutely incredible."

The WB's claim that the winner will have "immense fame and potential earning power" may not be too far-fetched. William Hung, a reject from "American Idol," has parlayed his notoriously bad audition into a hit record: His debut album, "Inspiration" (Koch) bowed this week at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and at No. 34 on The Billboard 200.