ABC premiered the new reality competition ‘Boy Band’ on Thursday night. The show’s looking for America’s next top boy band.
Rita Ora is hosting alongside fellow artists Timbaland, Nick Carter and Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice.
In the search of the ultimate boy band
The world is in desperate need of a boy band since the One Direction musical hiatus but ABC is up to it.
The network decided to jump back into reality singing-competition genre with its new show ‘Boy Band.’ The show will put singers against one another in a battle to join the next music group sensation.
Last March, the network ordered 10 episodes of the show and it slowly came together.
Then in May, it was announced that Rita Ora was set to host the competition series. Also, producer Timbaland, Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and Spice Girls veteran Emma Bunton will serve on the show as “architects” — experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to potential stardom.
ABC has been searching for a singing franchise for several years. ‘Duets‘ and ‘Rising Stars‘ were among the unsuccessful attempts.
‘Duets,’ starring Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles, was canceled after one season in 2012.
‘Rising Star,’ based on the Israeli format, met the same fate, airing for one season only in 2014.
‘Boy Band’ debuted on Thursday, the 30 contestants auditioned before the music icons and we got to see a sneak peak of what’s to come.
A 90s reunion
Former Spice Girls, Emma Bunton, talked to EW on the show’s surprising emotional rollercoaster, the evolution of boy bands, and what’s going on with that Spice Girls mini-reunion.
She also talked about reuniting with fellow 90 star Nick Carter.
“It was great to see him!” she told the publication. “It’s obviously been many years, but we’ve been chatting about the old days and how we used to hang out. I love reminiscing about old times.”
Bunton and Carter became friends during the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys’ fame in the 1990s.
A lot’s been told about the possibility of a joint tour between the groups, however, Nick downplayed the rumors in July.
He said that the Spice Girls were “focused on their own reunion tour.”
Bunton told EW her group has yet to confirm plans for a reunion.
“We all adore each other and are constantly in contact, but we’ve all got children and other projects, so it’s just about getting that time together,” she said. “We really appreciate that the fans have been nothing but supportive.”