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Queen Latifah to lead CW singing competition

Don’t be sad that your favorite network reality singing competitions aren’t airing this summer — you can tune into the CW’s The Star Next Door.

Queen Latifah to produce and mentor "The Star Next Door"

What reality shows will you be watching this summer? American Idol and The Voice will both be finishing up and you won’t be able to tune into The X Factor until later on in the year.

Well, here’s a reason to make a joyful noise: The CW is joining in on the competition between reality singing competitions with The Star Next Door, which will feature Queen Latifah, Gloria Estefan and John Rich as musical mentors. The trio will travel across the country to scout talent and represent their hometowns when facing off in Hollywood.

The Star Next Door stems from Dave Broome, who also is behind The Biggest Loser. Queen Latifah will also serve as executive producer of the series and additional mentors will be announced at a later date.

“One of my first goals here at the CW was to increase the number of hours of original programming, both throughout the season and during the summer,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz in a statement that announced the news on Monday. “We’re launching our biggest summer schedule yet which will boost our circulation during the summer months and provide us with a promotional platform for our fall launch.”

If the show turns out to be a ratings hit, the winner should definitely be considered to compete in Simon Cowell’s unofficial competition!

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