Alter Ego premiere live – New singing show starts tonight on Fox with performers turned into augmented-reality avatars

THE latest reality TV singing show gets underway tonight — and this one has a unique twist.

Fox's Alter Ego premieres tonight at 9pm, before part two of its debut special airs on Thursday.

The show sees contestants battle it out for a $100,000 prize, however, they'll perform off-stage while their augmented-reality avatars try to wow the judges who are watching on monitors.

Each contestant, according to Rolling Stone, will perform behind a curtain while wearing "motion-capturing suits that control their avatar".

The new show is hosted by Rocsi Diaz, with Alanis Morissette, Grimes, Nick Lachey, and willi.i.am serving as judges.

The show airs after The Masked Singer on Fox.

Read our Alter Ego live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    COUNTING DOWN

    Judge Alanis Morisette took to Twitter with her fellow judges to count down the days to tonight's premiere.

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    'FUTURISTIC AND RAD'

    Some fans are excited by the concept of the show and look forward to the premiere.

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    HOW MANY CONTESTANTS ARE THERE?

    The show begins with 20 contestants chasing stardom.

    They each create and perform as their own avatar for the judges.

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    JUDGES ONLY SEE THE AVATARS

    While the viewers can see the avatars and their real life counterparts, the judges only see and judge the avatar itself.

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    NICK LACHEY CONTINUED

    "It was that combination of the humanity and the artistry and the tech, and all those things coming together in a really beautiful way that made the show so fun to be part of. And I think that's what's really gonna resonate with people when they watch it. It's undeniable," he says.

    "It's really bizarre, but you're totally invested in the performances. I'm excited for everyone to see it and have their minds blown like mine was."

  • Julia Fields

    AVATARS GET EMOTIONAL WITH THEIR SINGERS

    According to Entertainment Weekly, performs are connected to their avatar in many ways.

    "If the performer gets emotional, the avatar will actually cry with them.

    "And even though the performances were all completely computer-generated, Lachey says it didn't take him out of the performances at all."

  • Julia Fields

    NICK LACHEY ON THE PREMIERE

    Judge Nick Lachey previewed the new show with Entertainment Weekly saying  "It's incredible technology meets incredible talent, and to watch it unfold on stage in front of me was pretty radical."

    "It's just a trip," Lachey says.

    "The amount of detail and the amount of thought and what they were able to do — they can change in real time! Through the motion capture technology, [the avatars] are mimicking the movement and the expression of the performer. It's freaky, how real it is."

  • Julia Fields

    GRIMES TALKS ALTER EGO

    Grimes is one of the judges on the newest singing competition premiering tonight.

  • Julia Fields

    HOSTS AND JUDGES

    The new show is hosted by Rocsi Diaz, with Alanis Morissette, Grimes, Nick Lachey, and willi.i.am serving as judges.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT ARE THE RULES OF THE SHOW?

    The show sees contestants battle it out for a $100,000 prize, however, they'll perform off-stage while their augmented-reality avatars try to wow the judges who are watching on monitors.

    Each contestant, according to Rolling Stone, will perform behind a curtain while wearing "motion-capturing suits that control their avatar".

  • Julia Fields

    ALTER EGO TONIGHT

    The latest reality TV singing show gets underway tonight — and this one has a unique twist.

    Fox's Alter Ego premieres tonight at 9pm, before part two of its debut special airs on Thursday.

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