Episodes: 11 (hour)
TV show dates: July 20, 2008 – September 8, 2008
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Briana Vega, Christie Brooke, Christina Brown, Stan Carrizosa, Tierney Chamberlain, Shayna Goldstein, Bailey Purvis, Ether Saure, Isaiah Smith, T.J. Wilkins, James Wolpert, Rob Adler, Tiana Brown, Montre Burton, Jennifer Malenke, Ryan Moat, Chris Prinzo, Regina Williams, and Nick Lachey.
TV show description:
In this talent competition hosted by Nick Lachey, auditions are held all across the country to find Disney’s next singing sensation. The winner will be given a recording contract with Disney and the opportunity to star in a music video that’ll be shown during the credits of the forthcoming High School Musical 3 movie.
The show’s initial auditions are divided into two parts: East Coast and West Coast. The East Coast “faculty members” are choreographer Tiana Brown, performing arts instructor Montre Burton, and acting coach Rob Adler. They critique the auditioning “students” on their singing and dancing skills before choosing a final six. In the West, the “faculty members” are dance and vocal coach Chris Prinzo, vocal coach Jen Malenke, and dance instructor Regina Williams. They coach and choose six more competitors from the auditions.
The final 12 compete through various challenges like performing live at the Epcot Center and singing for shoppers at K-Mart. Kenny Ortega, the director of the High School Musical series, also invites the students to the set of his latest film and the students become extras.
Though the students are eventually whittled down to one winner, the eliminated contestants become part of the “chorus” and remain on the show. They continue to work with faculty members on ways to improve their skills so that someday they may be the one in the picture.