The Next Great American Band

The Next Great American Band
The Next Great American Band
Format Interactive reality Game Show
Created by Simon Fuller
Presented by Dominic Bowden
Judges Ian Dickson
Sheila E.
John Rzeznik
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Running time 120 minutes (first three episodes)
60 minutes (subsequent episodes)
Original channel FOX
Picture format NTSC (480i) (720p)
Original run October 19 – December 21, 2007 (2007-12-21)
External links

The Next Great American Band is a reality television talent show. The show premiered on October 19, 2007 and aired on FOX at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times Friday nights. The show was taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles on Wednesday evenings in Studio 36, which is the same studio used for American Idol.

The program was created by 19 Entertainment, which is one of the companies behind American Idol, and the show shared the same basic concept as Idol. This time, however, the winner was not a singer but instead a musical band. The contest was open to performers of all genres of music, and there were no age limits for the performers. The three judges were Australian Idol judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Sheila E., and John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls. Dickson served as a judge on Australian Idol concurrently. The host of the show was New Zealand Idol host Dominic Bowden.

In promotional announcements that aired on the final episodes of So You Think You Can Dance, another 19 creation, the title was given one night as American Band, then the next night as The Next Great American Band. The show was officially announced May 16, 2007 at the American Idol website and Fox announced the pickup the next day.

On May 15, 2008, a year after the show was announced, the series was officially cancelled.[1]



Over 6000 bands sent in audition tapes. 60 bands from around the country were chosen to participate in a judging session that took place at the Montelago Resort in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada on August 19 - August 25, 2007. While most of these 60 bands were flown straight to Las Vegas as 'gimmick' acts, the ones being seriously considered for the show participated in a round of regional auditions and then auditions in Los Angeles before advancing to Las Vegas. Twelve of these forty acts were chosen by show producers and judges to become semifinalist acts to compete against each other in the main season of the show beginning October 19. Again, the show resembled Idol at this point, with telephone and text message votes deciding the winner. There was no results show after the live performance. In each episode, the results were shown in the green room. The two bands (one in later episodes) with the lowest votes were forced to perform in the green room via the internet. Unlike American Idol, however, the final episode was a winner-takes-all showdown between the top three bands, not two. The results were shown live in the grand finale and the host only presented the winner to the viewing audience right after the final commercial break.

The audition rounds of the show were kept very secretive by the producers, and thus caused a bit of controversy between bands who had sent in audition tapes. Many online forums and chat rooms were full of bands falsely stating they had been selected to appear on the show, and further confused hopefuls by posting several versions of the rules, contracts, and audition details.

Top 12

Place Band Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9
Bob Dylan1 Elton John &
Bernie Taupin
Billy Joel2 Jerry Leiber &
Mike Stoller
The Rolling Stones2 Rod Stewart2 Queen1 None3 Results Show4
1 The Clark Brothers
  • "Country Comfort"
  • "Country Time" (original)
  • "Saved"
Next Great American Band
2 Sixwire Eliminated on 12/215
3 Denver and the Mile High Orchestra
  • "I'm Free"
  • "Sleeping on the Sidewalk"
  • "Big White House" (original)
  • "September"
  • "Vehicle"
  • "You Move Me" (original)
4 Light of Doom Eliminated on 12/145
5 Dot Dot Dot Eliminated on 12/075
6 Très bien! Eliminated on 11/305
7 Cliff Wagner and the Old #7
  • "Honky Cat"
  • "Little White Chapel" (original)
Eliminated on 11/235
8 Franklin Bridge
  • "Big Shot"
Eliminated on 11/165
9 Rocket
  • "Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door"
  • "Mean to You" (original)
Eliminated on 11/095
10 The Muggs
11 The Hatch Eliminated on 11/025
12 The Likes of You
^Note 1 : Each band performed an original song and a cover of a song by the theme artist.
^Note 2 : The bands only performed a cover of a song by the artist listed above.
^Note 3 : The bands played a song chosen by the judges, a song chosen by the producers and a song they chose.
^Note 4 : In the final episode the bands did not perform any theme, but chose songs to showcase their band.
^Note 5 : The elimination date is the date of broadcast of the show where the elimination was announced. The actual elimination in each case occurred two days earlier, when the show was taped.

Other participating bands

The following is a list of bands who did not make it to the Top 12. These bands were either seen on Episode 1 (the Vegas auditions) or are featured on the official website:

  • waketheday
  • The 440 Alliance
  • The Queue
  • Fat Shitty Surprise
  • Blackbird
  • BoTcHED
  • Faces Without Names
  • Mezcal
  • Nothing More
  • Northmont
  • The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad
  • Zombie Bazooka Patrol
  • Simply Sick
  • Fifi LaRue
  • The Groovin Grannies
  • Just Live
  • Starchild
  • Red Halo
  • Honky Stomp
  • The Cat's Pajamas
  • El Toro's League
  • J.I.Z.
  • Big Provider
  • Viva Las Jablonski
  • Zolar X
  • The Sizzling Happy Family
  • Sunset West
  • Lexicon
  • Dova Grove
  • The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
  • The Big Toe
  • Heaven Bound
  • Thirteen Stars
  • Potential Difference
  • CJA
  • Ballroom Dancing(aka Band LeGrand)

Nielsen ratings

No. Air Date Rating Share 18-49
Night Timeslot Overall
1 October 19, 2007 2.1 4 1.5/5 3.57 9 5 83/97 [10]
2 October 26, 2007 1.8 3 1.2/4 2.89 10 5 87/97 [10]
3 November 2, 2007 1.4 3 1.0/3 2.31 11 5 92/100
4 November 9, 2007 1.8 3 1.0/4 2.69 12 5 91/101[11]
5 November 16, 2007 1.7 3 1.1/4 2.57 12 5 94/101[12]
6 November 23, 2007 1.6 3 1.1/3 2.61 10 5 83/95 [13]
7 November 30, 2007 1.5 3 0.9/3 2.16 10 5 92/98 [14]
8 December 7, 2007 1.9 3 1.2/4 3.04 12 5 87/102 [15]
9 December 14, 2007 1.8 3 1.1/3 3.14 9 4 84/98
10 December 21, 2007 1.8 3 1.0/3 2.64 10 5 89/100


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