Adam Blackstone to serve as musical director
ABC announced Wednesday that multiplatinum Grammy-winning super producer Timbaland will serve as the third architect on the upcoming music competition series "Boy Band," which premieres on Thursday, June 22 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Timbaland joins previously announced architects Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Emma Bunton (Spice Girls).
"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," Timbaland said. "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."
Timbaland has been a mainstay in the music scene since the mid-1990s, producing chart-topping hits for artists such as Drake, Rihanna, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, One Republic, Kanye West, Brad Paisley and Bjork. Recently, Timbaland served as the executive music supervisor for the TV series "Empire," and will be releasing new music this year.
Additionally, musical mastermind Adam Blackstone will serve as musical director for the series. Blackstone has served as the musical director for high-profile acts such as Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys and most recently for Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" world tour, as well as Timberlake's opening performance at the 2017 Oscars.
In "Boy Band," undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. 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.
Hosted by singer Rita Ora, the 10-episode series will chronicle the journey of young male vocalists who will compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in America's next great boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.
At the start of the season, thousands of singers audition for one of 18 spots in three bands and will need to impress the architects in hopes of evading elimination. Each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform live for America. Architects will critique each band's performance and collectively determine two contestants who are up for elimination. After performing solo "survival" songs, viewers at home will vote for their favorite to remain in the competition. In the finale, America's favorite five band members will be announced, and they will perform their brand-new single together for the first time.