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Fox Picks Its Host, Judges for "American Band"

Fox Picks Its Host, Judges for "American Band"

After "On the Lot," I'm a little wary of Fox dipping its toes into any new reality markets. But so far, it sounds like "The Next Great American Band," the "American Idol" crew's search for a new group to rule the airwaves, is keeping it all in the "Idol" family with its host and judges.

Host Dominic Bowden may be a newcomer to American TV, but he's well-known in New Zealand for hosting "New Zealand Idol." And judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson has pretty good music bonafides (he worked in promotions for Oasis and LL Cool J), but he's made his mark as the outlandish, Simon Cowell-esque judge on "Australian Idol." Joining Dicko at the judges' panel will be Goo Goo Dolls singer/songwriter John Rzeznik and Prince protege Sheila E. It may not be the strongest group ever, but really, if you'd heard back in 2002 that Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul were judging a reality show, wouldn't you have thought that would be dead in the water, too?

Here's how the show will work: After auditions, the judges will pick 10 semifinalists to perform weekly in front of a live audience. The competition will include both original music from the bands and covers of various styles. Voting will start at the end of each show, and the eliminated band will be announced at the start of the following week's episode.

Given that the show's airing on Fridays at 8 p.m., I can't imagine it would be as popular as an "Idol" or even a "So You Think You Can Dance." Are any of you curious to check it out?


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SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
JOHNNY JOHNNY :love: i'm only watching it for him too haha to be honest
i_love_miu i_love_miu 9 years
Dicko has a much better sense of humour than Simon Cowell, and whilst he attempts to be a mean-y, he's alright. He's still doing Aussie Idol though, how will his schedule work for him to do this show as well?
mocelebgossisme mocelebgossisme 9 years
i love the goo goo i'll def tune in to check out my boy johnny!
mizlynz mizlynz 9 years
I think it will be interesting to watch this, just to see how the host/judges do.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I'll watch this just for John Rzeznik. Love him!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Hey, PinkNC -- It's a new show this fall. Not sure yet how it will be!
PinkNC PinkNC 9 years
Never saw it before. Is this a good one?
nikkih nikkih 9 years
I'm not sure about this one...could go either way.
splayer splayer 9 years
Friday at 8? That's an unfortunate timeslot.
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