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

Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas (Astrid Stawiarz/GETTY IMAGES)

“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.


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