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INXS to star in reality TV show
Rock band INXS
Singer Michael Hutchence (centre) died in 1997 aged 37
Rock group INXS are to search for a new lead singer on a reality TV show.

The show, titled Rock Star, will see the band hold auditions on five continents to find a replacement for Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997.

The winner will have the chance to record an album with the band as well as touring with them.

Since Hutchence's death in 1997, the band have continued with a number of different singers including Terence Trent D'Arby and Jon Stevens.


"After Michael died we wanted to search the world for a new singer but didn't know how we could effectively do that," INXS guitarist Tim Farriss said.

"But we've now found a fantastic way to make that happen."

Rock Star will differ from other TV talent shows in that the winner will not be chosen entirely by viewers.

Instead, hopefuls will work with the band and music industry professionals, who will assess their performances.

There's room on TV for more than one great music-based show
Mark Burnett
The programme will be made by Mark Burnett Productions, the company behind US reality TV hits Survivor and The Apprentice.

It will be broadcast on US screens in 2005. Mr Burnett said the band pitched the idea to him earlier this year.

"I am a long-time fan of INXS and feel very fortunate that they approached us with this idea and have entrusted us with their future," he said.

"There's room on TV for more than one great music-based show, and I feel that rock music has been totally left out of that mix."

INXS have sold more than 30m albums during their 25-year career and topped charts all over the world.

US soul singer Terence Trent D'Arby and Jon Stevens, former frontman of the Australian band Noiseworks, are among those who have sung with the band since Michael Hutchence's death.

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