Do you think your band has what it takes to make it big in America? Well, you might soon get your chance to party like a rock star and prove it. The producers of American Idol have a brand new show tentatively titled The Search for the Next American Band. And they are doing just that, searching for untested bands acorss the U.S. and giving them the chance to make it big.

The show will work exactly like American Idol. According to Variety, it will start with an audition phase in which producers will look for musical groups of all ages and genres. Then the judges will narrow the contestants down to 10 semifinalists. Each band will then get to perform in front of a live studio audience. Viewers will determine who moves on to the next round. Three bands will face off during the finale.

The weekly competition will make the bands play in different styles and genres of music to test their overall skills. The show will also focus more on the lives of the contestants outside of the show itself.

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There is no word on an air date just yet.

UPDATE: Here is the official press-release from FOX about the show:

The producers behind mega-hit phenomenon American Idol take the musical reality genre to a whole new level when they embark on a quest to find the next American band sensation that will take the nation by storm. The Search for the Next American Band (working title) will scour the country, seeking musical groups of all ages, styles and genres, with hundreds of bands auditioning for a shot at stardom.

After the auditions, judges will narrow down hopefuls from all walks of musical life - young and old, family and friends, garage bands and weekend warriors - to 10 semi-finalists who will perform in front of a live studio audience. Viewers will then get a chance to vote for their favorite bands via telephone and text messaging and determine who stays in the competition.

Each week, the bands will be challenged with varied musical themes, jazzing up each of the performance shows as their skills in a wide spectrum of musical styles are put to the test along with their personal and professional relationships.

Finally, in a not-to-be-missed showdown, the final three bands will compete to secure a recording contract. If you think American Idol is intense, wait until you see what a band must go through for its shot at fame.

Information on where to send videos/dvds and all other details can be found by visiting www.Americanidol.com.

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B. Alan Orange