Veteran producer Timbaland has joined ABC’s upcoming singing competition reality show Boy Band. He’ll serve as a judge alongside already announced panelists, Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Backstreet Boy Nick Carter. On this series, the judges are referred to as “architects.” Singer Rita Ora is set to host the show.
“I’m excited to be a part of this show and come on as an architect to help guide the next generation of undiscovered talent,” said Timbaland. “I want to continue giving back to music as I have been. I’m ready to find the next boy band that could change our business.”
Set to premiere June 22 Boy Band will feature “thousands of performers competing for one of 18 spots in three bands. Over the course of the season, the architects will shuffle members from band to band. After elimination rounds driven by fan voting, five winning performers will be selected to form the final band, which will perform its debut single on the season finale and receive a recording contract at Hollywood Records,” revealed the exclusive from Variety
Since the 90’s Timbaland has collaborated with major pop stars such as Drake, Rihanna, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, One Republic, Kanye West, Brad Paisley, and Bjork. He served as music supervisor on the FOX drama Empire for seasons 1 and 2.
Boy Band has also added Adam Blackstone as music supervisor. Blackstone has served as a musical director for performers such as Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, and Justin Timberlake.
Executive producers for Boy Band are Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Mun, and Joel Relampagos. The series is produced by Matador Content, which also produces Lip Sync Battle for Spike.
If ABC produces Boy Band ably, I’ll have a little more confidence about the American Idol reboot coming next March.