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Fox's new 'American Band' reality series reveals host and judges


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/27/2007 

Fox's The Next Great American Band will apparently have an international feel.

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Australian Idol judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson and New Zealand Idol host Dominic Bowden will both serve in the same roles for the American Idol-like reality competition series that will search for the country's best up-and-coming musical group, Fox announced Monday. 

Musician Sheila E. and Goo Goo Doll's front man John Rzeznik will round out The Next Great American Band's three-person judging panel.

The Next Great American Band has been scouring the country for musical groups of all ages, styles and genres, and a round of auditions was held last week in Las Vegas.

"The range of music was awesome," Sheila E. told USA Today.  "The experience was more like boot camp.  We actually heard a lot of great bands, (and) we heard a few people we could have gonged."

Following auditions, Dickson, Sheila E. and Rzeznik will whittle the hopefuls to 10 semifinalists who will then have the opportunity to perform in-front of a live studio audience. 

Home viewers will then be able to vote for their favorite acts each week, as each band will perform either original music or covers of varied styles designed to challenge their musical abilities as well as their relationships. The Top 3 acts will then compete against one another for a recording contract during The Next Great American Band's finale.

The Next Great American Band is scheduled to premiere with a special two-hour episode on Friday, October 19 at 8PM ET/PT on Fox.

(Photo credit Fox)


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