E! Entertainment – has picked up “Opening Act,” a new talent competition where by judges will search the Internet to find talented amateurs and give them a chance to open for an A-list music star. The unsuspecting band or solo acts will get the news of their big break in person by TV personality Olivia Lee (“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”). Creator of American Idol, Nigel Lythgoe, Mary J Blige and producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia are all scheduled to judge.
Produced by Nigel Lythgoe Prods., “Opening Act” premieres July 9.