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CBS reveals 'Secret Talents of the Stars' cast, series to debut April 8


By Christopher Rocchio, 03/18/2008 

CBS has revealed the celebrity identities for Secret Talents of the Stars, a new America's Got Talent-esque reality competition series for celebrities, which will premiere live on Tuesday, April 8 at 10PM ET/PT.

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Each week, the celebrities featured will compete in a tournament-style format to determine who has the best hidden talent among them. 

While their performance will be critiqued by the show's yet-to-be-announced judging panel, it's home viewers who will be able to vote following each episode to determine which celebrities stay in the competition and who goes home.

Secret Talents of the Stars will follow a seven-week, tournament-style broadcast format.

Four acts will each perform during both the show's live April 8 and April 15 broadcasts, with home viewer votes determining two semifinalists from each of those episodes.  Those four semifinalists will then perform during a live April 22 broadcast, after which home viewer votes will determine the show's first two finalists.

Four acts will then each perform during both the show's live April 29 and May 6 broadcasts, with home viewer votes determining two semifinalists from each of those episodes.  Those four semifinalists will then perform during a live May 13 broadcast, after which home viewer votes will determine the show's second two finalists.

Secret Talents of the Stars live finale broadcast will air Thursday, May 22 at 8PM ET/PT, with the four finalists competing one last time for home viewers -- who will be able to vote during the broadcast.  The winner will be revealed at the finale broadcast's conclusion.

CBS ordered Secret Talents of the Stars in January.  The show is produced by Magic Molehill Productions, Inc., in association with Robyn Nash Productions and Don Weiner Productions.  Robyn Nash and Don Weiner will serve as executive producers.

Secret Talents of the Stars celebrity participants -- as well as the "secret talents" they will be performing -- include:

- Country singer Clint Black performing stand-up comedy

- Former Star Trek actor George Takei crooning as a country singer

- Former The Cosby Show actor Malcom-Jamal Warner performing an original song on bass guitar as part of a Hip Hop Orchestra

- Actress/model and former Ex-Wives Club co-host Marla Maples doing a gymnastics routine with The Anti-Gravity Troupe

- Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen performing with the "New Shanghai Circus," a Chinese Acrobat Troupe

- Wrestler Ric Flair salsa dancing 

- Professional boxer Joe Frazier singing R&B

- Actress and model Bridget Marquardt soaring as a trapeze artist with the former masters of Cirque du Soleil

- Singer/actress Mya tap-dancing

- Former child actor and frequent celebrity reality show participant Danny Bonaduce maneuvering a unicycle with members of The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus

- Former The Next Great American Band judge Sheila E juggling with The Flying Karamazov Brothers

- Professional boxer Roy Jones, Jr. rapping

- Actress and former Celebrity Cooking Showdown finalist Cindy Margolis performing magic

- Comedian Ben Stein dancing the jitterbug

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