BET is bringing back one of my all time favorite programs, “Showtime At The Apollo!” Remember that show? It ran for 21 years and was one of the first places that the world got to know Steve Harvey! Well, it’s back as “APOLLO LIVE” and is being produced by Jamie Foxx! So you know that it’s going to be good! The new show will be putting a fresh spin on the classic “Amateur Night” variety show.
It will be both a talent showcase and a singing competition. And this time, it will also include the “Apollo Live Lounge Tour” that will give local performers across the U.S.A. a chance to compete for a cash prize!
The new Apollo Live will be hosted by comedian Tony Rock and will have a judging panel featuring New Edition’s Michael Bivins , hip-hop legend pioneer, Doug E. Fresh and the legendary Gladys Knight! This new version of the show will still hold true to the best elements of the original hit series, like audience voting and the infamous “Sandman /Executioner Sweep” for the unlucky performers who don’t please the audience! That was my favorite part of the show! It takes nerves to take on the Apollo stage! Think about thel icons who started their careers on this famous stage: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Gladys Knight, Luther Vandross, Lauryn Hill, and many others! Be sure to check out the show and catch the birth of the new generation of musical superstars!
Apollo Live makes its broadcast premiere on November 29 at 8p/7c.
Here is a preview of the new Apollo Live!
Did you know that a girl from North Carolina is going to be on the premiere of the show? Take a look at Shandi Cheeks from Raleigh!
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