Airdate: Opening Act

E! will premiere Nigel Lythgoe’s latest entertainment series Opening Act later this month.

The series sees acts discovered on YouTube given the chance to appear as a support act for big name artists including Rod Stewart and Nicki Minaj.

What would you do if someone gave you the chance to open for one of the world’s biggest entertainers like Nicki Minaj or Rod Stewart? International Emmy® winning producer Nigel Lythgoe will do just that in E!’s new series that will break the mould in talent/reality television. In “Opening Act”, Lythgoe and his A-List Artist Development Team comb the Internet to find the web’s most talented amateurs. They will then give the chosen ones the once-in-a-lifetime chance to open for a top musical act. “Opening Act” premieres Tuesday, September 25th at 9:30pm AEST exclusive to E!

The key difference is there will be no judges to woo, auditions to pass or rounds to win. After a surprise visit from acclaimed television personality Olivia Lee – best known for her hidden camera segments on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno – each band or solo act will have only days to prepare for a life-changing opportunity they never knew existed. They’ll be brought to Hollywood for ‘performance boot camp’, intense mentoring sessions with top industry heavyweights, and finally, the one-night-only performance that can make or break their burgeoning career. Viewers are in for a treat as “Opening Act” will not only showcase some astonishing talent, but the emotional and incredibly personal journey from obscurity to the world stage.

Each act will be teamed with a superstar headliner to open a show on their current world tours, including:
· Nicki Minaj – James L. Knight Center {Miami, Florida}
· LMFAO – Amway Center {Orlando, Florida}
· Rod Stewart – Caesars Palace {Las Vegas, Nevada}
· Jason Aldean – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre {Birmingham, Alabama}
· Gym Class Heroes – Freedom Crossing {El Paso, Texas}
· Brad Paisley – Shoreline Amphitheatre {Mountain View, California}
· Jason Mraz – Waikiki Shell {Honolulu, Hawaii}

“There is an extraordinary amount of untapped talent out there,” says Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe. “But if you don’t know the right people or have the right connections, you may never be discovered. With “Opening Act”, we are democratising a notoriously impossible process, pulling back the curtains on a consistently fascinating industry, and affording aspiring artists the chance of a lifetime. Each one has their own distinct story, but they all dream of their one chance to shine. Every week, we’ll provide that spotlight, and turn it up to 10,000,000 watts.”

“Opening Act” is a production of Nigel Lythgoe Productions, Inc. The series is executive produced by Nigel Lythgoe, Steve Schnur, Simon Lythgoe, and Kary McHoul.

Tuesday, September 25th 2012 at 9:30pm AEST on E!

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