Photo: "The Next" mentors (The CW)
Singer Gloria Estefan will impart her experience as a music star to colleagues in the arts who want to launch their careers participating in the CW network’s talent contest “The Next.”
“When they invited me to participate in this show I liked the idea a lot because I didn’t have to judge anyone but just help them make a very good presentation onstage,” Estefan told Efe on Thursday in an interview in Los Angeles.
The Cuban-American artist said that she and the other music stars on the show had to spend 72 hours with the contestants and that it “is fun, because we also do crazy things so that it’s a very enjoyable television program.”
The first episode of “The Next” will air Thursday night and participating along with Estefan will be country music singer John Rich, Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and the award-winning hip-hop artist Nelly.
This week the group of mentors is meeting in Los Angeles to get to know the participants and record the local auditions at the Orpheum Theater, just like other episodes will be taped in other cities like Dallas, Chicago, New York, Baltimore and Orlando.
Estefan said that their “task as mentors is to prepare them to do well in the final of this program that’s going to be in September” and the winner of which will be able to record his or her first album with Atlantic Records.