‘Alter Ego’ Judges Get Avatars of Their Own in Upcoming Episodes

Corey Cesare
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The judges of Alter Ego are getting their own avatars on the show. Will.I.Am recently mentioned that he wants one of the avatars like the contestants on the show. We can now officially say Will.I.Am’s wishes were granted mid-production.


The judges liked the contestants’ avatars so much that they asked the production company what it would take to make avatars for them. The judges were able to go through the process of creating avatars of their own, using the help of sketch artists. They were able to design their avatars entirely with unique names and everything!

Will.I.Am’s avatar is called no.9, Alanis Morissette’s is named Shamanamama, Grimes’s is named NO1, and Nick Lachey’s is named Purple Reign. Now that the judges were able to make their own avatars, I think they’ll be able to judge other people’s avatars based on their experience making their own.

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“It all kind of came together so fast,” said executive producer Matilda Zoltowski. “We were mid-production and the judges were so invested and truly into the tech and creativity. [They] started having conversations [with our tech team] about what would it involve to create [them].”


The executive producer described that the judges jumped on the ability to make avatars of their own for the series. Zoltowski hopes to see these avatars in action in later episodes of the show, but shared concern about Lachey being the least tech savvy of them all. 

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The executive producer also shared that Morissette loved the process and that hers is one of the most original. Will.I.Am and Grimes on the other hand, had already created an in-depth idea of what they wanted their avatar to look like before even meeting with the sketch artists.

“He [Will.I.Am] had been thinking about the possibilities all along,” said Zoltowski. “And I’m sure Grimes as well will be very inspired to use it.”


The judges were located in Los Angeles, California when their avatars were made. They shared their ideas for their avatars to the designers in New York and their dreams quickly became reality. 

“They were very hands-on in choosing every little detail, especially Grimes,” said Zoltowski. “I know she wanted really, really long hair, but technically it’s actually really difficult to pull off long moving fluid hair. So there were several versions of hairdos that they could accommodate.” 

At the end of the day the artists, animators, and everyone else involved were able to bring these designs to life. Just seeing these avatars on Alter Ego’s instagram makes me feel like something big is on the rise. Although nothing has been officially announced, I think it’s safe to say that the judges will use these avatars later in the competition. Will our top contestants be joined on stage by our celebrity judges? Only time will tell.

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