Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell appears to be gunning for the role of alternative Simon Cowell.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the singer is currently in the process of shopping a primetime music television program that would act as a kind of alternative X-Factor. EW suggests that the program would be based around spectacular live performances by popular artists rather than featuring amateur singers and would remove elements such as judges and eliminations that have become some commonplace in reality music television.
Primetime television has been without a popular music program of this kind for some time. American Bandstand, which had for many decades been the staple of popular music programming, broadcast its final episode back in 1989.
Farrell's proposed show will have to compete with a number of factors, including the popularization of music based television channels and the availability of vast amounts of in-concert footage on sites such as YouTube. As EW notes, though, the popularity of Music performance-driven award shows such as the Grammys and CMA's suggests that there might be a market for programming of this kind.
Farrell has had success outside of performing with Jane's Addiction as the founder of the Lollapalooza festival. That event, which was originally conceived as a farewell tour of Jane's Addiction back in 1991, has served as a successful showcase for alternative music for over 20 years.
The event, which was originally US based, now has sister festivals in both Sau Paulo, Brazil and Santiago in Chile. Farrell could do worse than to recruit some of the festival’s past headliners to perform on his new program. Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse and Queens Of The Stone Age are among the huge roster of artists to have performed at Lollapalooza in the past.