Rock n’ rollers, do music competition shows make you cringe? Are you tired of judges fashioning pop wannabes into the next Mariah Carey or Lady Gaga? Well Hit Parader has just come out with a show that may be the answer to your prayers.
Unlike American Idol and the many others of its kind, this show will feature aspiring artists doing original music only. The judging panel will include a refreshing cast of characters such as shock rock icon Alice Cooper, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Animals as Leaders guitarist Tobin Abasi and singer songwriter Bishop Briggs. Sleeping with Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn and Sirius XM’s Caity Babs will be taking over hosting duties and interviews with contestants will be done by former MTV correspondent Matt Pinfield.
“I can’t wait for No Cover,” says Alice Cooper. “To me, a band really isn’t a band unless they are writing their own material, and if you know anything about me you know that I have a very high standard for not only the songs but also the performance. I’m looking for the band who has it all - the one who can not only write it and play it, but perform it and make me BELIEVE it.”
“I’m beyond excited to join my friends, peers and fellow rockers as a judge for Hit Parader’s music competition TV show No Cover. I hope that my passion and experience will help to inspire and encourage these young bands to carve out their own path in this world,” adds Lzzy Hale.
The show was launched by Hit Parader and created by Sumerian Records’ Ash Avildsen and Golden Gods producer Josh Bernstein. It will be filmed at West Hollywood’s legendary venue, the Troubadour. This will make for some much needed revenue for the venue which has been in danger of going out of business due the pandemic.
Other scenes will be filmed at the famous Sunset Marquis Hotel, also located in West Hollywood.
Winners of the show will win a massive prize pack that includes a six figure recording contract with Sumerian Records, a booking contract with UTA, management from the Shelter Music Group, high profile festival slots via Danny Wimmer Presents, studio time at Nightbird Recording Studios (which is located inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel), new gear from Gibson, licensing opportunities and more.
Unsigned bands and solo artists from all over the world are encouraged to enter for a chance to perform live on the show by filling out an application. Entries are open to the general public. Hopeful contestants must pay a fee to be considered. They must submit original songs, photos and videos for the show’s producers to choose from. They will be judged on originality, presence and songwriting skills.
There is no word as of yet as to when the show will be premiering and on what platforms. Keep your eyes and ears open for more details.