Justin Timberlake to announce plans for Myspace on my birthday. The gift? He's considering a talent show.


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I love singing competition shows (I also hate having friends, which works out great). So Justin Timberlake’s rumored plans for a possible Myspace talent show have me intrigued.

The singer/serious actor’s manager Johnny Wright told THR that a talent competition could be in the plans for the Myspace facelift project Timberlake recently signed on for, that will focus on making the social networking elder a destination and platform for new and existing artists. Official plans will be announced at an Aug. 17 press conference, where he will also likely wish me a happy birthday (a dream elf confirms to me).

In all seriousness, word of a possible competition worries me a little bit. In my head, the concept of online-only reality TV content is haunted by the ghost of If I Can Dream, the Hulu experiment that took wanna-be artists like Idol reject Alex Lambert and put them in a Real World-type situation. Remember that? I barely do. What I do recall is that it wasn’t a bad show, it just lacked the level of appeal that would make me watch every week on my computer. Had it been on network TV, it would have been DVR fodder at best, but sticking a reality show in an online-only format took all sense of urgency out of it — down to nil, in fact. Would the effect of an online-only format be even more disastrous for a competition show, where the thrill of the unexpected is often the biggest appeal? Perhaps.

The reason I still find this idea interesting — despite the less-than-thrilling impact of its sort-of predecessor — is that there’s an opportunity here to Trim the Seacrest. Imagine a talent competition experience that’s a mirror of what we all do with the magic of DVR: Just the performances, none of the fluff. No group performances, none of the “after the break” results shows, no Ford commercials between Ford commercials. Sounds kind of…nice. Doesn’t it?

Until the big announcement, I’ll RSVP “Maybe” to this idea. But what do you think, PopWatchers? Can Timberlake bring the sexy back to Myspace with a talent show? Was Myspace ever sexy? What else would you like to see from revamped Myspace? And will the result be better or worse than when Steve Martin’s character dyed his grey hair in Father of the Bride II?

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Comments (9 total) Add your comment
  • Adwina Lambert

    One of the most over-rated, over-exposed celebs ever, just like Beyonsh*t, Wh*rehanna, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts!! tee-hee!

    • salnaligr

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  • matt

    What’s MySpace?

  • Getty

    MySpace is a storage space for needless stuff (like Justin Timberlake)

  • jasmine

    in one month and 11 days…
    but hey my birthday is on august 16th! wooh!

  • kate

    maybe it won’t be talent competition in the sense that American Idol is but maybe more like a old school talent show (but virtual) for myspace users if that makes any sense. sort of a slimmed down and more connected youtube just for musical talent. anyone remember when miley cyrus did those dance crew videos against the other crew and they were trying to the most views? sort of like that?

  • Chris

    everything he does turns into a success…we’ll see.

  • Laura

    Sandra… Justin cannot resurrect Myspace, but if he wants to waste his time and money he can have a go of it. Also why did you refer to Alex Lambert as a wanna-be artist/Idol reject. He is far from that as he is currently living, writing, and recording in LA. He is still with 19 and is working with A list writers and producers… I’M JUST SAYIN’!

  • lw

    Wow i just read this and you obviously know nothing at all about ALEX Lambert…how rude of you to say wannabe artist and reject. Do some research before you pop off such jibberish.

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