Opening Act is a new show premiering on E! tonight (10 pm E/P) which takes popular, yet unsigned, musical acts from YouTube, and gives them the once in a lifetime opportunity of opening up for various A-list acts in their genre such as Lady Gaga, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Brad Paisley and Jason Mraz. Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") teamed up with E! for this new music reality series and it is already being dubbed as the network's highest budgeted program ever. It's a unique premise, one that perfectly represents the strong DIY culture, especially when you consider the reach and influence YouTube has had on the music industry as a whole. I for one will be checking this show out, but why should you?
Well it's funny that you ask- see 2MW contributor John Fontanelli (better known on the weave as J-Font) has been working on this show for the past several months as a production assistant out in Los Angeles. Here's his take on why you should give Opening Act a chance.
"Opening Act is different from the typical music shows on TV because there's no competition or judging. It takes average people with a love for music, grooms them for success, and then puts them on stage with the most prominent artists and performers of their genre. It takes the excitement of a hidden camera show, the inspiration of a makeover show, and the energy and electricity of a music show, and blends them to create something truly unique and authentic."Consider yourself sold.