Simon Cowell Launches Online Talent Contest - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Simon Cowell Launches Online Talent Contest

Posted: Updated:

LONDON (AP) - Simon Cowell has taken over television 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" — from musicians and photographers to makeup artists, magicians and chefs.

Syco says the contest, which starts next 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.

Syco calls the initiative an experiment aimed at discovering new talent. It's the company's bid to tap the power of social media, which has launched millions of wannabe celebrities — and some genuine stars, including Justin Bieber.

You Generation will be available in 15 languages and 26 countries around the world.

Syco is a joint venture between Sony Music and Cowell, the entertainment mogul who became a household name as an acerbic judge on TV talent shows. Syco's projects include the "X Factor" and "Got Talent" TV shows in the U.S. and Britain, and its music acts range from Susan Boyle to One Direction.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 17th

    Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 17th

    Saturday, November 18 2017 2:00 AM EST2017-11-18 07:00:18 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 17th.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Friday, November 17th.

    More >>
  • President Trump delays policy on importing elephant parts

    President Trump delays policy on importing elephant parts

    Friday, November 17 2017 8:34 PM EST2017-11-18 01:34:24 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on a plan to allow importation of elephant parts (all times local):    7:55 p.m.    President Donald Trump says he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport. The agency said 

    More >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on a plan to allow importation of elephant parts (all times local):    7:55 p.m.    President Donald Trump says he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts."    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that it will allow the importation of body parts from African elephants shot for sport. The agency said 

    More >>
  • Top 20 onshore US petroleum spills since 2010

    Top 20 onshore US petroleum spills since 2010

    Friday, November 17 2017 7:56 PM EST2017-11-18 00:56:34 GMT
    (AP) - The spill of an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil in South Dakota on Thursday from TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline is one of the 20 largest onshore oil or petroleum product spills since 2010. Here are the top 20 spills during that period as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The list ranks them by size and includes the date, gallons spilled, commodity, company name, city or county and state of spill and estimated costs including property and environmental d...More >>
    (AP) - The spill of an estimated 210,000 gallons of crude oil in South Dakota on Thursday from TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline is one of the 20 largest onshore oil or petroleum product spills since 2010. Here are the top 20 spills during that period as reported to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The list ranks them by size and includes the date, gallons spilled, commodity, company name, city or county and state of spill and estimated costs including property and environmental d...More >>