Gloria Estefan, John Rich, Nelly and Joe Jonas converged on Central Florida this week. Each mentored a local singer for “The Next,” a reality show that debuts Aug. 16 on The CW. Orlando was their first stop, and they will repeat the process in five cities.
“The Next” puts a more personal stamp on singing contests by showing contenders’ lives and letting the hopefuls interact with mentors.
“You have four separate mentors living 72 hours in the lives of other people, plus a live show in each city,”Estefan said. “Then the finals. There’s a lot on our plate. We do some crazy stuff, which I think makes it different. If not, it’s just another music show.”
Estefan wanted to impress her singer, rocker Cori Yarckin, 29, of Orlando, from the start. “I’m a boater. I ambushed her in true Florida style,”Estefan said.