Nigel Lythgoe, who has to produce a new reality show every few months or else Rumpelstiltskin will steal his baby, has another music talent-search show in the works at E!, the network announced today. Opening Act will pluck bands and solo artists from the obscure corners of the Internet and usher them to L.A., where they will bask in the mentoring of producer Antonina Armato and Mary J. Blige, in the hopes of landing a gig opening for a bigger act. Blige was on X Factor last year and a guest judge on American Idol not too long before that, so a more permanent spot on a reality show seemed like it was in the cards for her. Better than a Burger King commercial, at least.
Mary J. Blige attends the 98th Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images