Long before X-Factor, American Idol, and The Voice, there was a place performers could go and get honest critique from one of the most critical audiences. Showtime At the Apollo was a staple in urban pop culture as much as its historic location in Harlem’s Apollo theater was. The show successfully ran from 1987-2008, and showcased some of the best and worst amateur talent, as well as gave signed artist a place to perform and promote their music.
Well after almost 5 years the iconic show returns to TV, now titled Apollo Live and premieres Nov 25 at 10:30PM on BET and Centric following the Soul Train Awards. The show will presumably have the same format but now there will be judges, hip hop legend Doug E. Fresh, New Edition’s Michael Bivins and music legend Gladys Knight and hosted by funny man Tony Rock. Get into the promo clip below!