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‘Clash of the Cover Bands’ Judge Ester Dean Compares the Show to ‘American Idol’

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Clash of the Cover Bands judge Ester Dean is excited to be part of the new talent show as evidenced by her Instagram account. The songwriter has been sharing tidbits from behind the scenes of the show, including a text exchange where she compared it to American Idol.

Dean joins Adam Lambert and Meghan Trainor on the judging panel for the upcoming E! show, which pits cover bands in various genres against each other for a cash prize and a chance to perform on The Tonight Show.

Ester Dean Posts About ‘Clash of the Cover Bands’

Filming for Clash of the Cover Bands started last week. Dean posted a video showing off her trailer on the show’s set, expressing her excitement about getting to work on the show. The songwriter has some talent show experience, as she also appeared as a mentor on Songland.

Dean also recently posted a text exchange between her and a friend on Instagram stories. The friend asks her what she’s filming, and Dean replies, “Tv show like American Idol.” We love that she’s already thinking of the show in those terms.


In another Instagram story, Ester eats a baby carrot and encourages her followers to do the same. She mentions “COVID testing,” perhaps referring to the safety measures the show is taking in order to film during the pandemic. The show has been filming with a live studio audience, requiring people to be vaccinated.

In a video she also posted on TikTok, Dean wears a pair of roller skates in front of a neon sign reading Clash of the Cover Bands. She skates toward the camera to Bruno Mars’ new song “Skate.” Later, she posted an Instagram story in which she leaves set in a sparkly blue dress, saying she wants to get Chick-fil-A.

When Does the Show Premiere?

So far, Clash of the Cover Bands has not set a premiere date, although a commercial for the show announces that it will air sometime this fall. We’ll be adding it to our watch list, along with returning shows such as The Masked Singer and The Voice, as well as new show Alter Ego.

In addition to Dean, Lambert, and Trainor on the judging panel, the show will be hosted by Stephen “tWitch” Boss, known for appearing as the DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The show is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Electric Hot Dog, Jimmy Fallon’s company. Fans will choose one band at the end of the season to perform on The Tonight Show. We can’t wait to see what the competition has in store.

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