Super-producer Timbaland has come aboard ABC’s new reality singing competition Boy Band, which will premiere June 22.
Timbaland will serve as the show’s third “architect” — the term the show’s using in lieu of “judge” or “coach” or “mentor.” He joins previously-announced architects Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys and Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton of The Spice Girls.
In a statement, Tim — the man behind hits by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Aaliyah, Jay Z, Madonna, Beyonce, Nelly Furtado and others — says, “I’m excited to be a part of this show and come on as an architect to help guide the next generation of undiscovered talent. I want to continue giving back to music as I have been. I’m ready to find the next boy band that could change our business.”
Adam Blackstone has also been announced as musical director for the show. He’s been the musical director for acts like Maroon 5, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Rihanna.
Boy Band works like this: singers will audition for 18 available spots in three groups, who will then need to wow the architects during each episode. The architects will move the contestants around to find the perfect combination of voices as the groups perform live. Two contestants will be chosen for possible elimination during each episode, and they’ll both perform solo, singing for their lives, as viewers vote to keep their favorites around.
The audiences’ five favorite band members will be revealed at the finale. Together, the new group will perform their debut single. They’ll also receive a recording contract from Hollywood Records.
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