Orlando Sentinel: Joey Fatone to host ‘Karaoke Battle U.S.A.’
Joey Fatone, the former ‘N Sync performer who lives in Central Florida, will host “Karaoke Battle U.S.A.”
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The singing contest from ABC debuts at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, on WFTV-Channel 9.
If the premise sounds preposterous, ABC notes that Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood started with karaoke.
The judging panel will be Carnie Wilson, music journalist Joe Levy (Maxim, Rolling Stone) and Brian Scott, the National Karaoke Champion for 2009.
The six-episode series taped this summer at regional finals in Houston, Las Vegas, New York City and Chicago.
The best male and female performers at each stop move to the Los Angeles House of Blues, where they will compete for the titles King and Queen of Karaoke. The semifinals and finals will tape in L.A. next month.
The top prizes include a recording (released by Hollywood Records) and a chance to compete at the Karaoke World Championships. They will be in Ireland later this year.
Fatone performed on “Dancing With the Stars” and hosted “The Singing Bee.”