Mike Smith & BET Team-up For First Hip-Hop TV Reality Show...'One Shot'
May 10, 2016 at 9:20 AM (PT)
Recording artist MIKE SMITH has announced his alliance with BET (BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION) to introduce the nation's first Hip-Hop reality entertainment television series, "One Shot." The show is scheduled to launch on BET-TV in AUGUST. The one-of-a-kind competition will showcase contestants who will perform before a panel of celebrity judges for the ultimate shot at becoming Hip-Hops next big star.
As Exec. Producer, Record label owner (22 RECORDS), and main Judge on the show, SMITH has tapped MTV/SIRIUSXM personality, SWAY, to join him in the endeavor. SWAY will host the panel of Hip-Hop veterans (TI, DJ KHALED, RZA, TECH N9NE, and SMITH) in a nationwide quest to discover the next explosive emcee as a stage commander, must-see performer and hot new hit maker in the format.
The early live auditions were held in 4-major cities (CHARLOTTE, ATLANTA, CHICAGO, and MIAMI) with more than 30,000 hopefuls registering to compete. Six candidates from each city have been narrowed down to compete before the panel of judges (SMITH, KXNG CROOKED, KING TECH, and the celebrity judges from each city; (RZA/CHARLOTTE, TI & DJ DRAMA/ ATLANTA, TECH N9NE & TWISTA/CHICAGO, and DJ KHALED/MIAMI). Finalists from each city will compete for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000 and a recording contract. The winner will be selected based on artistic skill.
MIKE SMITH said, "'One Shot' stands apart from ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol’ in that it is the first nationally-televised competition specific to Hip-Hop. We’re looking for the emcee to take charge of the music composition as a lyricist and engaging performer. I’m sure folks are wondering what a Country music singer is doing sitting alongside KXNG CROOKED, KING TECH, TI, DJ KHALED, and RZA. I’ve written with a lot of these guys for a number of years. What I bring to the panel is songwriting knowledge and how to string lyrics and music composition together so that the rapper can easily jump in. We're looking for a performer that has the natural talent to do just that and connect with mainstream AMERICA."