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Simon Fuller launches new TV boyband search

Simon Fuller
Fuller recently announced plans to launch a new entertainment company

Music mogul Simon Fuller has teamed up with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton to create a new TV boyband.

The former Spice Girls manager wants the new show, titled Boy Band, to find a group "for the next generation".

In a post on his website, Hilton said: "We are looking for the best, brightest and boldest!"

Fuller and Hilton will be joined by pop music tour director Jamie King, who was behind Britney Spear's 2009 Circus Tour and Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour.

Potential boyband stars aged between 13 and 21 are asked to upload their audition tapes to the show's website.

Hilton, who has his own record label, Perezcious, added: "This is a boyband unlike any other before. All of the members will sing. All of the members will dance.

"Finding our talented group won't be easy, but the end result is going to be so worth it. I can hear the screaming girls already!"

Global hits

Fuller is one of Britain's most successful music managers, masterminding acts such as the Spice Girls, S Club 7, Will Young and Kelly Clarkson.

His TV shows, including Pop Idol, American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, have gone on to become global hits. He also guides the careers of David and Victoria Beckham.

Fuller said: "Boybands have always been at the heart of pop culture, with huge potential to excite a massive audience... Together we will do everything to ensure that whoever is discovered becomes one of the most successful groups in recent years."

Earlier this week Fuller announced plans to launch a new entertainment company.

He had been expected to step up to run US firm CKX, to whom he sold his company 19, but has chosen to set up a new venture, while continuing to work with CKX on a number of projects, including American Idol.

Robert Sillerman, chairman and CEO of CKX said he was "thrilled" about the new arrangement with Fuller.

Fuller said: "This is the beginning of another important chapter in my life. As an entrepreneur I feel I am about to enter my prime years, and starting a new entertainment company at this moment fills me with great excitement."

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