Friday, July 14, 2006

Experts Announced For THE ONE: MAKING A MUSIC STAR - Premieres Tuesday

Everything You′ve Ever Wanted to Know About What REALLY Goes on Behind the Scenes of a Music Competition Show Will Be Revealed

Summer Series Based on Endemol Spanish Smash Hit, OPERACISN TRIUNFO

The smash hit, critically-acclaimed Spanish Endemol series, OPERACISN TRIUNFO - which garnered a 70% share and broke Spanish television records -- is coming to the U.S. as THE ONE: MAKING A MUSIC STAR. The new series will premiere Tuesday, July 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and the first results show will air Wednesday, July 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

THE ONE: MAKING A MUSIC STAR will follow the lives of 11 contestants as they attend a fully functioning music academy in Los Angeles. The music academy offers vocal coaching, choreography/dance lessons, image consulting, fitness training and more... all with the top experts in their given fields.

Contestants will be on camera essentially 24/7, providing a real-life soap opera as they live and work together in a house with state-of-the-art training and recording facilities. And behind the scenes, viewers will get to see all of the drama between the contestants, including romances, rivalries and more. All this leads to a weekly live performance, where this group of amateur singers will face the immense pressures of performing live in front of an audience of millions.

Each week a contestant will be eliminated; after 10 weeks/20 episodes, the eventual winner will receive a recording contract with a major record company.

ABC has announced three experts who will help the contestants:

The experts are:

Kara DioGuardi - A much-sought after record producer, songwriter and singer, she has contributed to numerous popular songs since the 1990s. She has produced and written for artists such as Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, Kelly Clarkson, Celine Dion, Jewel, Enrique Iglesias, Lindsay Lohan, Ricky Martin, The Pussycat Dolls, Santana and more.

Andre Harrell - Former president of Motown Records and founder of Uptown Records, this multi-talented music and entertainment entrepreneur has established a reputation in the industry as one of the most astute, progressive and creative executives in the business. As a music and film producer, Harrell has helped launch the careers of such acclaimed artists as Jessica Alba, Halle Berry, Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Heavy D and the Boyz, 98 Degrees and mentored Sean "Puffy" Combs.

Mark Hudson - A songwriter, vocal director, musician and record producer, he has produced some of the biggest acts in the music business, including Celine Dion, Ozzy Osbourne and the legendary Ringo Starr. He is an accomplished songwriter and along with Joe Perry and Steven Tyler, wrote Aerosmith′s Grammy award-winning "Livin′ on the Edge." His career as a performer began in the 1970s as one of the members of the Hudson Brothers.