“American Idol” has never had an “originals” theme night. Why? Because songwriting is not a criteria to win that competition.
So Bravo is trying to fill the void with its new show “Hitmakers,” which is seeking the best songwriters out there in different genres. The casting call will be in Atlanta Sunday, May 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Studio Dionne at 524 Plasters Ave., Atlanta GA.
From the press release:
The network is partnering with The Writing Camp, America’s top songwriting team behind such hits as Beyonce’s “HALO” (top left) and Rihanna’s “SOS,” to discover the nation’s top talent in every genre of music. The winner of the series will receive a cash prize and a publishing and development deal with The Writing Camp for Sony’s RCA/JIVE.
The folks who make “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (True Entertainment) are developing the series.
Each week, the winner’s song will be sung by a major artist. But the songwriter also needs to be able to perform to sing their own songs well.
You can get more details on casting requirements and pre-register at www.Hitmakerscasting.com. Among the requirements: you have to be at least 18 years old as of April 24, 2010, not be running for public office and be available for six weeks or longer this summer. The application is here.
If you want a greater sense of the singer-songwriter genre, check out this list of the top 100 singer-songwriter albums of all time, according to Chordstrike. Among the list includes Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, the Indigo Girls, Beck and Lyle Lovett.