The Next Great American Band Judges, Host Named

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Move over Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest.

FOX has released the following judges and host for its American Idol follow-up, The Next Great American Band.

John Rzeznik
  • Singer/songwriter John Rzeznik (pictured, the Goo Goo Dolls)
  • Legendary percussionist and performer Sheila E. (The Glamorous Life, A Love Bizarre)
  • Australian TV personality Ian Dickson (Australian Idol)


  • Dominic Bowden (New Zealand Idol)

The show premieres on Friday, October 19. The network's press release read:
"From the auditions, the judges will narrow down the hopefuls to 10 semifinalist bands who will perform weekly in front of a live studio audience. The judges will have their say after each performance, but viewers will vote for their favorite bands to determine who stays in the competition. Voting begins immediately after each show, and the results will be announced at the beginning of the following episode.

"Each week, the bands will perform either original music or covers of varied styles. The season finale brings the ultimate battle of the bands, with the last three groups competing to secure a contract with 19 recordings and the title of Next Great American Band."

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