- Actor Amanda Seales pushes back on #FreeRodneyReed movement Monday 10:58 PM
- Netflix thriller ‘Earthquake Bird’ can’t solve its own mystery Monday 4:45 PM
- Goop is selling an expensive ‘restraining arts’ BDSM kit Monday 4:17 PM
- Body positivity actress Lili Reinhart calls out Photoshopping app Monday 3:42 PM
- ‘Rick and Morty’ zeroes in on connections and leans into familiar territory Monday 3:30 PM
- People are sharing photos of how much they’ve changed in a decade Monday 2:30 PM
- A few of our favorite things on Newegg are on sale for Black Friday Monday 2:15 PM
- Disney adds ‘Bob’s Burgers’ movie back to release schedule after accidentally yanking it Monday 2:02 PM
- Ocasio-Cortez launches petition demanding Stephen Miller’s resignation Monday 1:24 PM
- Prince Andrew’s defense against child sex crimes stokes conspiracy theory flames Monday 1:20 PM
- More people may be looking to cancel Disney+ than Netflix Monday 1:09 PM
- Monday Night Football: How to stream Chiefs vs. Chargers live Monday 1:00 PM
- After days of deadly protests, Iran implements ‘largest internet shutdown ever’ Monday 12:55 PM
- ‘Disney Plus and thrust’ is apparently the new Netflix and Chill Monday 12:32 PM
- Woman fired, sued after coworker shared their sexts Monday 12:22 PM
Twitch is going full-on American Idol—with a side of Guitar Hero.
The streaming giant, known as a hub for live gaming, on Friday announced its first singing competition, “Twitch Sings: Stream Star.” Entries are open and finalists will compete at TwitchCon Europe next month for $20,000 and lots of views.
The competition spotlights indie singers and serves to hype up its karaoke-style game, Twitch Sings, which the company said in a press release is in Beta testing.
Twitch says a driving factor in this venture is the untamed talent it’s seeing day-to-day on its servers. As Chief Marketing Officer Kate Jhaveri said in a press release: “There is so much talent on Twitch and the competition is a way for us to support the next wave of performers and make sure their talent is both rewarded and visible to a huge audience.”
Twitch will choose eight finalists who will compete head-to-head; the final four streamers fly to Europe for the final. The winner becomes immortalized as an avatar.
As for the singing game, Twitch says it comes loaded with more than 1,000 songs. It’s an interactive live experience, apparently, that reportedly allows viewers to request songs and send challenges. Audience participation is rewarded with onstage activations. It’s also reminiscent of defunct DJ chatroom Turntable.fm—only you sing instead of play records for the digital disco. (Again, the beta-mode game should kick live soon, Twitch says.)
Will people hang out online and watch amateurs sing on a stream? As CNBC noted last month, Twitch enjoys more than 300 million monthly streamers, and more streaming traffic than Hulu. It’s a safe bet.
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.