December 23, 2008 08:00 AM by Joe Reality
Marie Osmond is returning to reality television, along with her brother Donny Osmond. Marie Osmond appeared on the fifth season of Dancing With The Stars, and she finished in third place. Now, Marie and her brother Donnie will give five people a chance to fulfill their childhood dreams in Rediscovered.
Casting director Matt Casella has discovered such child stars as Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russell and JC Chasez. However, Casella also has a ton of videotape auditions of aspiring child stars who didn’t make it big.
In Rediscovered, five aspiring child stars who didn’t find stardom twenty years ago will be given another chance. The original casting tapes of five aspiring child stars will be shown, and then the contestants’ identities will be revealed when they perform live at the famed Orpheum Theatre.
Rediscovered contestants include an Orange County, California banquet manager; a North Carolina insurance marketer; a Las Vegas, Nevada holistic therapy salesman; a St. Louis, Missouri real estate assistant; and a Los Angeles, California building contractor.
After the contestants perform live, a studio audience will vote to pick their favorite. The winner will get a grand prize of $50,000. They will also get an additional surprise from Donny & Marie Osmond themselves.
“This show is about making childhood dreams come true,” said executive producer Dave Broome. “What makes this show so different is that, unlike other competition shows, none of our contestants applied. We tracked them down, surprised them, and plucked them from their daily lives for this once in a lifetime chance.”
In addition to giving five former aspiring child stars a change to live out their dream, Rediscovered will also show Casella’s never-before-seen audition footage of Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Simpson, Keri Russell, and JC Chasez. Rediscovered airs on Tuesday, December 23 from 9 PM to 10 PM ET on ABC.
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