Have you guys caught this new show on the E! channel, Opening Act? I caught a re-run episode last night and really enjoyed it. There is a team of industry experts – not sure if they change or are the same team from show to show, but this one had Martina McBride, Jason Derulo, Pete Wentz, and a vocal coach I’m unfamiliar with, the executive producer Nigel Lithgoe (from So You Think You Can Dance), Rock Mafia (songwriter/producers) and I think one or two others I can’t remember right now.

Anyhow, the premise is that they scour Youtube and find talent and match them up to headlining acts and get them prepared in a weeks time to open for artists like Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, and LMFAO. Yeah, MAJOR players. So the first episode they show the Youtube videos of the artists they like and were finding an opener for Rod Stewarts show in Las Vegas. They surprise their pick in their hometown and whisk them away to LA to record, meet with the team, get all dolled up and then perform as an opening act. Pretty cool, huh?

A girl named Arielle from Allen, TX was the feature I saw and I really loved her voice – very reminiscent of one of my favorite artists, Ingrid Michaelson. She was super humble and so grateful to be chosen for such a huge opportunity, which made her even more endearing! Just a sweet person, you can tell. Here’s the video from youtube that awarded her this huge opportunity:

You can check out more info about the show online at http://www.eonline.com/shows/opening_act/ . Now, I need to get busy recording some videos for youtube with the songs they are looking for!

Your video must contain you or your favorite local singer or band performing one of the songs listed below. You can sing a cappella or perform the music using your own instruments, but entries featuring pre-recorded background tracks will be disqualified! Read Official Rules.

If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
Rehab – Amy Winehouse
Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks
Cry – Faith Hill
Lips of an Angel – Hinder
Big Star – Kenney Chesney
Don’t Let Me Get Me – P!nk
My Girl – The Temptations
The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
I Want You Back – Jackson 5
Lady Marmalade – LaBelle
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boyz II Men
I’ll Be Loving You Forever – NKOTB
Ain’t Nothin Like the Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me – Culture Club
Free Your Mind – En Vogue
Hold My Hand – Hootie & the Blowfish
Always On My Mind – Willie Nelson
Straight Up – Paula Abdul
Be Near Me – ABC