Rita Ora To Host ABC’s “Boy Band,” Nick Carter, Emma Bunton Confirmed As “Architects”

ABC has revealed the principals for its “Boy Band” series.

Rita Ora [ABC]

During Tuesday’s upfront presentation, ABC revealed the principals who will be appearing in the upcoming “Boy Band” competition series.

Singer-model-actress Rita Ora will host the show, which premieres at 8PM EDT on June 22. Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and Spice Girl Emma Bunton will appear as “architects.”

Ora introduced the show at Tuesday’s upfront event; the Backstreet Boys also appeared to perform “Everybody.”

A ten-episode series, “Boy Band” features undiscovered talent competing for a spot in – you guessed it – a boy band. The final band will receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

ABC details the format:
At the start of the season, thousands of talented singers audition for one of 18 spots in three bands that will need to impress the architects in hopes of evading elimination. Each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform, live, for America. Architects will critique each band’s performance and collectively determine two contestants who are up for elimination. After performing solo “survival” songs, viewers at home will vote for their favorite to remain in the competition. In the finale, America’s favorite five band members will be announced, and they will perform their brand-new single together for the first time.

Backstreet Boys at the ABC Upfront [via ABC]

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