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March 07, 2012  | by: Jaira Keys

Queen Latifah

With the multitude of singing competitions already out there, the CW has decided to take a risk with a new one. “The Star Next Door” will have Queen Latifah, Gloria Estefan and John Rich as mentors. Additional mentors may be revealed at a later time. Only slightly different from any other reality singing show, the mentors will travel all over the country in an attempt to find the best talent that will later represent their hometown on a national level. The best will then compete in Hollywood.

The show is set to be air sometime this summer and it has already received a 10-episode order.When I first heard about this idea I thought it may have been a great idea for the mentors to go to their own hometown and find great talent there. Show the nation where they are from, what they came from, and what kind of talent the city has to offer.

Like the hands-on woman Latifah is, she will executive produce the series, alongside the creator and executive producer of “The Biggest Loser,” Dave Broome, CBS’ Raquel Productions, 25/7 Productions, and Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment.

This new show will be treading into some harsh waters. Ratings for other shows of similar style have been dropping. I like to see talented people sing, but how many shows do we really need for this type of thing. Also, not many people tuned in to the CW. I wish the show the best but I’m not too sure that I see a bright future.

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