MGM Acquires Rights to French Talent Show, “Secret Audition”
In an announcement made yesterday, Metro Goldwyn Mayer has acquired the rights to a French series called Secret Audition. Mark Burnett, Executive Producer of The Voice, is set to head the new competition show alongside MGM TV. The premise of the show is this: talented, unsuspecting singers are given the chance to sing onstage in front of an audience. Little do the performers know, it is actually an audition for top music producers! Here’s a preview from the French version of the show:
So let’s get into some of the details. Friends and family recommend their loved ones who wouldn’t usually have the courage to audition for a show like this on their own. The performers are then lead to a room. Unbeknownst to them, the walls are suddenly removed to reveal they are on stage in front of a live audience! The singer will then be given the chance to perform in a “secret audition” right then and there. Then comes the biggest surprise of all! Top music producers are watching their performance behind a one-way screen. If they like what they see, the producers will reveal themselves to offer a record deal!
I like the concept of finding people who wouldn’t usually audition for these shows and getting them to showcase their talents. It opens up the opportunities for more reserved people to have their voices heard! However, I wonder if this is a show format that would actually make a star. Depending on the talent and music producers they get behind it, it’s definitely a possibility. After all, a show that focuses on producers and giving record deals is a more direct route to stardom than most others. But a lot of times, the most entertaining people are the craziest and most outgoing. Yes, many shy and timid people can be talented too, but does that make good television? And does that really make the next big thing? That is to be determined.
Either way, this is an interesting concept for a show for sure! I’m excited to see how it all plays out. And it performed super well in its first season in France, so it’s no surprise the format has been sold to the highest bidder here. With Mark Burnett at the helm, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a hit! There’s no indication as to when it will start airing here, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.