Simon Cowell has taken over TV screens and radio airwaves around the world. Now he’s taking aim at the Internet.
Cowell’s Syco Entertainment empire and YouTube announced Thursday that they are launching The You Generation, a global online talent contest that is seeking entries from people with unconventional and original talents, such as musicians, photographers, makeup artists, magicians and chefs.
Syco says the contest, which starts this month and is due to run for a year, will seek auditions in a different category of talent every two weeks. Entrants can upload their pieces on a dedicated YouTube channel, to be viewed by the public and judged by professionals associated with Syco.
There will be prizes – exactly what they are has yet to be announced – every fortnight and a grand prize at the end of the year.
Fest taps band film
The Tribeca Film Festival will open with a documentary about the National, along with a performance by the Brooklyn band.
The festival announced Thursday that Mistaken for Strangers, which documents the National on tour, will premiere April 17. The film is directed by Tom Berninger, brother to lead to singer Matt Berninger.
The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 17 through April 28. It will next week announce the feature film slate for its 12th annual festival.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Robert Clary is 87. Singer Harry Belafonte is 86. Singer Roger Daltrey is 69. Actor Alan Thicke is 66. Actor-director Ron Howard is 59. Singer Janis Oliver Cummins is 59. Actress Catherine Bach is 59. Actor Tim Daly is 57. Bassist Bill Leen is 51. Actor George Eads is 46. Actor Javier Bardem is 44. Actor Jack Davenport is 40. Actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar is 39. Singer Justin Bieber is 19.