Bet Networks Sets July 9th Premiere Date For “the Next Big Thing” Music Competition Series With Judges Dame Dash, Zaytoven, Tina Davis And Host Charlamagne Tha God
BET Networks’ newest reality music competition series THE NEXT BIG THING, makes its highly-anticipated premiere on July 9 at 10PM / 9PM CT. Judges, also known as “The League”, Dame Dash, Zaytoven and Tina Davis will place 21 up-and-coming R&B and hip-hop artists through a grueling artist development boot camp designed to create bonafide superstars.
“We have reinvented the stale singing competition show for our audience,” explains Dame Dash. Handpicked hip-hop and R&B artists from across the country will compete weekly in survival-of-the-fittest challenges leading to a showdown where A&R executives, Serge Durand, Capitol Records; Erika Coulter, Epic Records; Tuo Clark, Def Jam Records and CEO Ghazi, EMPIRE Records will have the chance to offer a record deal on the spot. “This has never been done before and absolutely, not on this scale,” adds Executive Producer/Creator and “The League” member Tina Davis. “The finale will change someone’s life.
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Holly Carter, CEO and founder of Relevé Entertainment (“Chad Loves Michelle”, “Victoria Gotti Biopic”, franchise of Preachers Of, Merge Summit) along with showrunner and Executive Producer, Emmy and multi-Grammy winner, Rikki Hughes of Magic Lemonade (Dave Chapelle Equanimity and Hood Adjacent) with Michaline Babich and Sergio Alfaro, co-CEOs of InventTV (“Million Dollar Listing”, “LA Link”) serve as Executive Producers for THE NEXT BIG THING.
THE NEXT BIG THING premieres on BET Networks on July 9 at 10PM / 9PM CT. MEET THE JUDGES:
Tina Davis (Judge): The founder of Phase Too Inc. management company and current Head of A&R at EMPIRE Records, Tina Davis has been successful in several areas of the entertainment industry specializing in multiple genres of music. Her company managed and developed superstar singer Chris Brown for 11 years. Prior to that, Davis was a Senior A&R executive at Def Jam where she developed chart-topping artists and responsible for Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.” She was also influential in the development of such hit soundtracks as The Nutty Professor II, Rush Hour, The Best Man and How To Be A Player.
Dame Dash (Judge) Damon “Dame” Anthony Dash, is an American entrepreneur, record executive, film producer, director and actor. Dash is best known as co-founder of Roc-A-Fella & Rocawear along with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Founder of Dame Dash Studios, a streaming platform for millennial trendsetters. BET The Next Big Thing Music Competition Series Premieres July 9th
Zaytoven (Judge) Xavier Lamar Dotson, professionally known as Zaytoven, is a Grammy Award Winning record producer, DJ, and keyboardist from Atlanta, Georgia. He has released collaborative projects with artists including Usher, Future, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, Lecrae, Young Scooter, Young Dolph, and Shy Glizzy.
MEET THE CONTESTANTS: Michael “Swayvo” Archer (Atlanta, GA)
Demetrius Mack-Gray “Young Juve” (New Orleans, LA)
Jesediah (New York, NY)
Mario Lozano “Rio Loz” (Los Angeles, CA)
Tobias Garvey “Pimp Tobi” (Berkley, CA)
Timothy Kerr “RF Timbo” (Philadelphia, PA)
Nicolette Ard “Pretty Yellow” (Covington, LA)
Tia P Parchman (Inglewood, CA)
Niyala Hedge “Lovee” (Virginia Beach, VA)
Brandon Sims “B Sims” (Atlanta, GA)
Bernarr “Durand” Ferebee Jr. (Cleveland, OH)
DeAngelo Doles “Billy Mercury” (Norfolk, VA)
Orlando Dotson “Ashton London” (Memphis, TN)
Terrel Upshaw “TJ” (Detroit, MI)
Donavann Langston Rimpsey “Vann” (Atlanta, GA/Nashville, TN)
Avalon Young (San Diego, CA)
Brionne Wright (Denver, CO)
Kaila Sanders (Charlotte, NC)
Maya Milan Russell (Washington D.C./Baltimore, MD)
Macy Holden “Macyy Reign” (Baton Rouge, LA)
Joshua Goods “Tate Kobang” (Baltimore, MD)
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