If you’re in the mood for a new boy band.
’90s trends will see a full-blown resurgence when Rita Ora, Nick Carter and Emma Bunton team up to look for — wait for it — America’s next superstar boy band, Variety reports.
Amidst all the other trends making the rounds from that decade, an all-male collective will be the next item on the radar, courtesy of ABC’s just-announced “Boy Band” reality competition. “From The Beatles to The Jackson 5 to Backstreet Boys and One Direction, generations around the world have always had an insatiable thirst for boy bands,” ABC said in a statement. While Carter and Bunton will serve as “architects” on the forthcoming series, Ora is expected to host the 10-episode affair. News of the venture simultaneously arrives alongside Katy Perry’s announcement that she’ll lead the judging panel on the forthcoming “American Idol” reboot.
“The show will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation,” Variety reports. “Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members.”
Even though the scene could very well use a new male collective, the search for the next (insert synonym for superstar) has grown tired and unproductive. You try naming a successful winner from the last few seasons of “The Voice” or “Idol.” They’ve stopped churning out actual success stories for a reason. And yet, with consistent ratings, we can see why these programs haven’t gone off the air entirely.
“Boy Band” premieres Thursday, June 22, at 8/9 PM on ABC.