Todd Newton to host FOX's new 'Performing As...' series
By Reality TV World staff, 08/14/2003
Todd Newton, best known to audiences for his work on E! Entertainment Television, will host the new variety series, "Performing As" (formerly announced as "Soundmix"), premiering Tuesday, August 26 (8 9 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
For nearly seven years Newton hosted numerous shows for E! Entertainment Television including "E! News Live," "Coming Attractions," and "Talk Soup." Newton also co-hosted the syndicated weekend movie review show, "Hot Ticket." Additionally, Newton currently hosts "Whammy! The All New Press Your Luck" and "Instant Millionaire."
Newton's career started behind the microphone in St. Louis where he was a top-rated night and P.M. drive personality. He then hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, "All Night Café." In Los Angeles, fans know him from KIIS-FM where he hosted a weekend music show. Newton currently hosts "The Evening Shift" on New York's 102.7, "Blink," WNEW.
Already a worldwide television sensation, "Performing As" , known as "Soundmix" and "Stars in Their Eyes" in Europe, currently airs in 10 countries with 62 cumulative seasons produced.
Millions of Americans dream of becoming their favorite musical icons. "Performing As" will turn those dreams into reality with a once-in-a-lifetime chance for ordinary people to be transformed into their favorite music superstars.
In June, hundreds of "regular" people turned out for auditions, with the hope of making their dreams come true. Through elaborate hair, make-up, costuming, and precision choreography, amateur performers will have the chance to sing in their own voices in front of a live studio audience. They use their own voices, but look just like their favorite musical superstars. Each week, five contestants will compete, and one winner will be crowned by an elite jury of music industry professionals. That winner earns the chance to return for the final episode, where winners of all the past episodes will compete for a grand prize.
"Performing As" is produced by Endemol USA, the leading producer of television programming specializing in reality and non-scripted genres for network and cable television. Endemol USA is a division of Endemol Holding, a prominent international content developer, producer and distributor of television and online programming. David Goldberg is President of Endemol USA. The series is executive produced by John DeMol and Paul Buccieri.