VH1 has announced the 24 bands that will compete in its first “Make a Band Famous” competition, an ambitious 24-hour special that will stream continuously and uncensored starting June 11 at 8 p.m. ET from Brooklyn, New York, which will be hosted by All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter.
In order to get into the contest, unsigned bands submitted 15 second clips of an original, unpublished song to Instagram. Fans then voted on their favorite bands and the competitors were chosen after nearly a half-million votes were cast.
Over the 24 hours, the bands will compete in several challenges, including learning a cover song in an hour, re-imagining a classic hit with toy instruments, and busking for money and fans in Williamsburg. The winning band will get a recording deal with Republic Records.
Viewers will be able to watch the competition live and uncensored at MakeABandFamous.VH1.com and in the VH1 App. New York-area fans can watch the finals in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Thursday, July 12 by visiting 1iota.com.
Aside from some footage being aired on VH1, “Make a Band Famous” is VH1’s first original digital program that isn’t attached to a program on the channel.
Here are the 24 competing bands:
An Old Friend: Alternative, Medford, NY
Aquile & The Orbit Group: Neo-Soul, San Diego, CA
Bro 5: Pop/Rock, Ridgefield Park, NJ
Cheezy and the Crackers: Easy-Listening, Philadelphia, PA
Chris Ayer: Singer/Songwriter, Los Angeles, CA
David Paige: Pop/Rock, Chicago, IL
Dead 27s: Roots Rock, Charleston, SC
Dirty Du: Contemporary R&B, Silver Spring, MD
fancy reagan: Pop/Rock, NY, NY
Good Night Alive: Indie Rock, Macon, GA
John and Luke: Alternative, Indianapolis, IN
Malado Music: Hip-Hop, Springfield, MA
Pastele: Pop, Livingston, NJ
RAHBI: Pop/Rock, Atlanta, GA
Rainbow Kitten Surprise: Alternative, Boone, NC
Ratham Stone Pop/Rock, Orlando, FL
Spectators: Indie Rock, Chicago, IL
The Assembly Line: Alternative, NY, NY
The One Seven Four: American Trad Rock, Stillwater, OK
The Serotones: Rock, Miller Place, NY
The Silent Scene: Pop, Fairfield, CT
Tonny Memmel: Singer/Songwriter, Nashville, TN
Two Worlds: Pop, Aurora, CO
Tyke T: Hip-Hop, Memphis, TN