In between The Voice, American Idol, The X Factor, and America’s Got Talent, is the country really in need of another reality competition show? The CW network seems to think so and they’re bringing Gloria Estefan on board for a new series called The Star Next Door.
Estefan will be (you guessed it) a mentor on Star, helping to discover talent from small town America. She’ll be joined by country singer John Rich for the show, which will travel to the contestant’s actual homes for performances.
Though it seems like a tired premise, Star does have some big producers backing it up. Queen Latifah has lent her name to the project, as has Biggest Loser mastermind Dave Broome. Interestingly, Broome also partnered with Gloria’s hubby Emilio for the Spanish weight loss show Dale Con Ganas, which has scored huge rating for Univision.
But will Star be able to bring in viewers with so many other singing shows in the mix? Estefan may be its only saving grace, as she’s proven herself to be fantastic in the reality TV format.
We’ll be able to judge for ourselves when The Star Next Door premieres later this summer.
By Michael Lopez