The Cut (1998 TV series)

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The Cut
Genre Reality television
Created by Adam Tyler
Presented by Lisa Lopes
Judges David Foster
Dru Hill
Country of origin United States
Executive producer(s) Adam Tyler
Kathy Cotter
Producer(s) Ifeanyi Njoku
Running time 22-26 approx. without commercials
Original network MTV
Original release September 28 – December 12, 1998
Related shows American Idol

The Cut is a 1998 MTV talent series hosted by TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. MTV's The Cut, was the first in a line televised song contest that was later followed by American Idol. A handful of would-be pop stars, rappers, and rock bands competed against each other and were judged. The show's final winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and MTV's funding to produce a music video, which would enter MTV's heavy rotation.

Anastacia, then unknown singer-dancer, came in second place in the competition, but was still signed to a record label in 1998.

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