Jennifer Nettles has joined the cast of judges for season one of American Supergroup, a new musical competition reality show airing this fall. The show’s goal is to showcase the creation and evolution of the country’s hottest new band.
Nettles will join fellow judges Elle King (who recently made her Opry debut), R&B artist Aloe Blacc and Jason Scheff of the band Chicago. iHeartRadio’s Dave Styles will host the show.
According to the show’s official website, 25 finalists will be selected to form five groups. Furthermore, each group must have a guitar player, drummer, bassist, keyboard player and singer. Then, the groups will adapt to fit a genre they choose: country, rock, pop, R&B, alternative or hard-rock.
A veteran of the country music business, Nettles is sure to be an amazing judge. The “Unlove You” singer will provide insight and her expert advice to the aspiring bands. Despite branching off from Sugarland to pursue a solo career in recent years (Nettles released her second solo album, Playing With Fire, this past May), she has lots of experience performing in groups.
According to The Boot, American Supergroup is now filming at Skyways Studios in Nashville and will air weekly hour-long episodes. The show premiered this past Tuesday (Oct. 11) on Pop. If you missed it, don’t worry; you can catch still tune in later this week.
Next, the show will air on MTV Live on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m., and then on MTV Classic on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. EST. Similar to many TV competitions these days, viewers can cast their votes via social media during the season. The show will conclude with a 90-minute finale on Dec. 6.
In addition to filming, Nettles stays busy touring and recording. Most recently, she announced that she will be releasing a Christmas album, due out later this month.