ABC Premieres New Music Competition Series “Boy Band” where Young Talent Battle It Out to Become the Next Music Sensation

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20 June 2017
Boy Band
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“Boy Band”
Premieres Thursday, June 22 at 8 PM ET/PT on ABC
        Singer Rita Ora will host this summer’s music competition series “Boy Band,” on The ABC Television Network. Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) and super-producer Timbaland will join the series as architects, experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to stardom. Adam Blackstone will serve as Director.
          In “Boy Band,” undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. From The Beatles to The Jackson 5 to Backstreet Boys and One Direction, generations around the world have always had an insatiable thirst for boy bands. The 10-episode series will chronicle the journey of young male vocalists who will compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in America’s next great boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

          At the start of the season, thousands of talented singers audition for one of 18 spots in three bands that will need to impress the architects in hopes of evading elimination. Each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform, live, for America. Architects will critique each band’s performance and collectively determine two contestants who are up for elimination. After performing solo “survival” songs, viewers at home will vote for their favorite to remain in the competition. In the finale, America’s favorite five band members will be announced, and they will perform their brand-new single together for the first time. 

         In the series premiere, Host Rita Ora welcomes 30 of the best young male vocalists in the country to Hollywood, where they audition before musical icons Emma Bunton, Nick Carter and Timbaland. Only 18 performers will make the cut and advance to the next round.  Thus begins the mixing and matching, as the architects form three groups of six to compete in the next phase of the competition. Band one, Uplift, takes the stage.

The young talent competing for boy band superstardom include:
  • Drew Ramos (19) – Bronx, NY
  • Jon Klaasen (19) – Greenwood, IN
  • Cameron Armstrong (22) – Columbia, SC
  • Andrew Butcher (17) – Greenwood, IN
  • Miles Wesley (19) – Marble Falls, TX
  • Santino Cardinale (18) – Las Vegas, NV
  • Gianni Cardinale (16) – Las Vegas, NV
  • Marcus Pendleton (16) – Nashville, TN
  • Gavin Becker (18) – Philadelphia, PA
  • Sergio Calderon (16) – Redwood City, CA
  • Cam Jackson (19) – Willingboro, NJ
  • Michael Conor (17) – Cleveland, OH
  • Nate Wyatt (20) – Cincinnati, OH
  • Jay Gilbert “J Hype” (14) – Las Vegas, NV
  • Jaden Gray (16) – Hawthorne, CA
  • Chance Perez (19) – Seal Beach, CA
  • Alan Ayala (18) – Monterey, Mexico
  • Timmy Thames (17) – Malibu, CA
  • Zack Taylor (24) – Kansas City, MO
  • Dylan Rey (17) – Plano, TX
  • Andrew Bloom (19) – Yorba Linda, CA
  • Matthew Dean (19) – Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Lukas James (15) – Sarasota, FL
  • Stone Martin (18) – Hartsville, SC
  • Mikey Jimenez (17) – East Los Angeles, CA
  • Dorian Tyler (15) – Memphis, TN
  • Brady Tutton (15) – Shorewood, WI
  • Paul Toweh (21) – Liberia, Monrovia
  • Jordan Grizzle (22) – Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Devin Hayes (17) – Springfield, IL
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