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Posted at 06:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012

E! greenlights shows from Ryan Seacrest, ‘American Idol’ producer


Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas (Astrid Stawiarz - GETTY IMAGES)
Kevin Jonas (aka, The Other One) is getting his own docu-soap on E!, “Married to Jonas,” from — you know it’s coming — Ryan Seacrest. It will chronicle the young couple’s suburban domestic life in New Jersey, and Kevin’s re-teaming with his brothers, Joe (The Hot One) and Nick (The Talented One), as they get ready to record new music.

“I vividly recall believing from the very first time that I met them that the Jonas Brothers would, without a doubt, become a worldwide cultural sensation,” Seacrest insisted in Monday’s announcement.

And Nigel Lythgoe, Seacrest’s “American Idol” exec producer, is bringing “Opening Act” to E!, in which Lythgoe’s A-List Artist Development Team — himself, Mary J. Blige and producer Antonina Armato from Rock Mafia — will comb the Web to find talented amateurs and give them the chance to open for a “top music superstar,” as opposed to all those “bottom music superstars.”

Each week, they will send Olivia Lee — E! assures us she’s an “acclaimed television personality,” but you may remember her as that chick doing the hidden-camera bits on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” — to surprise these performers with the news that their online clips have impressed.

She’ll tell them that they’re being brought to Hollywood for “performance boot camp,” leading up to a one-night-only performance as opening act for a superstar — including Nicki Minaj, Rod Stewart, LMFAO, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Jason Mraz and Gym Class Heroes.

“With ‘Opening Act’, we are democratizing a notoriously impossible process,” Lythgoe said in Monday’s announcement.

By  |  06:46 PM ET, 04/30/2012

 
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