The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep
|The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep|
|Presented by||Allison Hagendorf|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Production company(s)||Raquel Productions|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original run||August 16, 2012– present|
The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep is an American hour-long reality series on The CW television network that consists of a music competition to find new talent, the winner of the competition will receive a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The show is produced by CBS's Raquel Productions in association with 25/7 Productions, LLC and Flavor Unit Entertainment, Inc, and it's produced by Dave Broome ("The Biggest Loser"), Shakim Compere, and American singer and actress, Queen Latifah. The series premiered on August 16, 2012.
Unlike other talent shows, this one does not make auditions, the participants are mere local music artists with devoted fans, huge social media presence on Facebook and Twitter and even, some of them, worked before as opening acts for big names in the music. This competition intends, in every way to give them the big step to move out as headlining acts.
The original mentors panel consists of Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, John Rich, and Nelly, with Allison Hagendorf as the host of the show. They will spend 72 hours with musicians in six cities and help them prepare for the competition. The series will have six episodes, one for each city, followed by three live episodes.
In each episode of The Next, four mentors will drop in on the lives of four up-and-coming local musicians, moving on city to city, which will be chosen for a grand performance that would be broadcast on the upcoming 72 hours.
Over the course of 72 hours, each mentor will groom one contestant mentoring throughout the candidates personal life. When the session is up, the four newly groomed artists will go head-to-head at a well-known local venue. The audience will be filled with friends and family, as well as hundreds of local music fans. Since they’ve already established themselves on the local music scene, each contestant will have their own throng of local groupies and fan base. One winner will be chosen and that contestant will move on to represent their city in the semi-finals. Then it’s on to the next city and four more contestants.
Though Joe Jonas was about to say no to the project, mostly due to a busy schedule, the producers from the show had to be persistant to Jonas. After arranging a meeting with him, they gave Jonas a spiel of the show, raising the interest for the program, due the way it would be directed and for giving the opportunity to new artists the chances they deserved.
Rapper Nelly was invited personally by producer Dave Broome to the show, and though he wasn't sure at the beginning, it was the original direction different to other music competition shows which made him accept the mentoring role.
Four performers will be chosen in Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, Los Angeles, and New York City. Each city will have one winner advance to the next stage, though viewers will also choose their favorite non-winner.
The following table contains all the contestants of the season and the song they performed. The participants highlighted in color were the chosen by the public in each city to continue to the next round.
|Orlando||Baltimore||New York||Chicago||Dallas||Los Angeles|
|Gloria Estefan||Cori Yarckin
"The Edge of Glory"
"What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger)"
"When I Look At You"
"Set Fire to the Rain"
"You and I"
|Joe Jonas||Tayler Buono
"Not Over You"
"In My Head"
"Waiting on the World to Change"
"DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love"
|John Rich||Michael Ray
"Gunpowder and Lead"
"Fine By Me"
"Big Girls Don't Cry"
"Mamma Knows Best"
The first round of the semifinals were broadcast live on The CW from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on September 27. Jordan Baird, Ali Brustofski, Krystle Cruz, Iliana, Ashley Kimbrae, Michael Ray were selected from their respective cities to compete. Cori Yarckin, a fan favorite selected from previous episodes, also competed. Baird sang "This Love" by Maroon 5, Brustofski sang "Breakeven" by The Script, Cruz sang "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga, Iliana sang "King of Anything" by Sara Bareilles, Kimbrae sang "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry, Ray sang "Drunk on You" by Luke Bryan, and Yarckin sang "Want U Back" by Cher Lloyd.
- Micheal Ray: winner
- Iliana: Runner up
- Jordan Baird: Runner up
- Ashley Kimbrae: Eliminated
- Ali Brutofski: Eliminated
- Krystle Cruz: Eliminated
- Cori Yarchkin: Wildcard / Eliminated
There are seven singers left on The Next at the grand finale. Country boy Michael Ray has already been voted in to the finals, so there are two spots left for the chance of getting that record contract with Atlantic Records. But first, the second spot needs to be filled right away. That spot goes to Iliana. There is one spot left to fill.
Ashley Kimbrae has had Nelly as her mentor, and she has killed it every week on stage. On the final night, she performed Adele's Rolling in the Deep. Like Joe Jonas said, that is a hard song to perform, but she did just fine with it.
Ali Brustofski has had Gloria as her mentor and has helped her to improve on stage. It is also her 19th birthday. What a great way to celebrate. This week, Ali came out and sang Give Your Heart a Break by Demi Lovato.
Nelly has also been mentoring Krystle Cruz who came out to sing Since You've Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson. Nelly gave her an A+ for trying a big song like that. The others agreed.
Cori Yarckin loves to rock it out, and she did just that once again as she sang Lady Gaga's Poker Face. John Rich was on his feet again. Her mentor, Gloria, was proud of her. Nelly told her that America got it right to vote her back in.
Jordan Baird had Joe Jonas mentoring him, and it has worked quite well as he brings it on stage every time. He came out and sang When I Get You Alone by Robin Thicke. All four mentors were on their feet right away. Everyone loves this guy. Joe said it was his best performance. Gloria said that her microphone melted.
The third contestant that has been voted in to the final three turns out to be Jordan Baird. Now, Michael, Iliana, and Jordan fight to the end for that finale vote.
Michael, who had John Rich as his mentor, sang Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen. He killed it. He sounded just like he should have an album out already. Iliana decided to choose an older song. She came out to sing Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. The mentors thought it was a gamble, but they loved it. Jordan impressed Joe with a Ne-Yo song, and he even got the girls in the audience screaming. Gloria seems to have a little crush on Jordan, too.
Before the winner was announced, some bloopers were shown from the previous few weeks, and the seven contestants came back on stage together to sing Good Life. The mentors also showed off their talent by singing Tell Me Something Good. They did an awesome job.
After the votes were counted, the winner of The Next is... Michael Ray! This was no surprise as he has quite a bit of talent and will join the ranks of some great country singers, including John Rich. Michael will be getting that record contract with Atlantic Records.
Performances by guests/coaches
|No.||Episode||Performer(s)||Title||Hot 100 reaction||Hot Digital Songs reaction||Performance type|
|1||Baltimore||Gloria Estefan & Joe Jonas||"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"||Not released||Not released||Live performance|
|2||New York||Nelly & John Rich||"American Woman"||Not released||Not released||Live performance|
|3||Chicago||Gloria Estefan & John Rich||"Superstition"||Not released||Not released||Live performance|
|4||Dallas||Nelly & Joe Jonas||"Every Little Step"||Not released||Not released||Live performance|
|5||Los Angeles||Big & Rich||"That's Why I Pray"||#82||Not charted||Live performance|
|No.||Title||Original air date||Rating/Share
|1||"Orlando"||August 16, 2012||0.3/1||0.85|
|2||"Baltimore"||August 23, 2012||0.3/1||0.81|
|3||"New York"||August 30, 2012||0.3/1||0.77|
|4||"Chicago"||September 6, 2012||0.3/1||0.63|
|5||"Dallas"||September 13, 2012||0.2/1||0.66|
|6||"Los Angeles"||September 20, 2012||0.3/1||0.78|
|7||"Semifinals, Round 1"||September 27, 2012||0.3/1||0.69|
|8||"Semifinals, Round 2"||October 2, 2012||0.3/1||0.63|
|9/10||"Finale"||October 4, 2012||0.2/1||0.64|
Cricket Wireless is the main presenter of the music competition. The Next interacts with Cricket smartphones, using Muve Music and prepares them for the competition by exploring music playlists for inspiration or by selecting songs to perform. Muve Music will be featured prominently in the reality series.
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