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Sky Arts orders guitar talent show from Somethin' Else

Sky Arts orders guitar talent show from Somethin' Else
Jon Creamer
11 February 2015

Sky Arts has commissioned Somethin' Else to make Guitar Star, a new competition show searching for a top-class guitarist. 

The series will search the UK and Ireland for top guitar players with the winners getting the chance to perform on the main stage of the Latitude festival.  The hopefuls will be mentored by some of the biggest guitar stars in the world.

The nine-part series will be presented by Edith Bowman. Entrants can be any age and play in any style - rock, classical, jazz or acoustic. The search will begin with auditions and culminate with the winner playing at the festival. 

The competing guitarists will be tested on their ability to play both in a range of musical styles and a genre of their choice, and will perform at famous venues associated with their chosen style. Throughout the process, they will meet and be mentored by famous guitarists.

Philip Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts commented:  “Great music is one of our big passions at Sky Arts and I’ve always dreamed of playing to crowds at a festival but alas, my rendition of Smoke on The Water won’t quite cut it for this exciting Sky Arts competition series. Whether it’s electric or acoustic, classical or rock, Guitar Star is about those undiscovered geniuses of the frets with a real passion for music of all genres. I can’t wait to see the winner perform on the main stage at The Latitude Festival and who knows, they might even be the next Clapton, Page or Hendrix…”

The 9 x 60mins series was commissioned for Sky by Barbara Lee. It will be created by Somethin’ Else in a co-production with GroupM Entertainment. The Co-Executive Producers are Jez Nelson and Sadia Butt for Somethin’Else and Melanie Darlaston For GroupM Entertainment.

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Royston Mayoh
Royston Mayoh  | February 11, 2015
This sounds like a beautiful idea with the potential to feature guitar talent from just about every age and gender AND just about every genre of music. I do hope that the producers have resisted to temptation to have a panel of celebrities to sit in judgment of the players. This new show has the makings of a new format that COULD break the tired XF + BGT mould. I do hope so.

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