With AMC’s upcoming reality series Showville, they brag that “fame meets main” as the unscripted competition series hits the road to small town America to seek out and assist homegrown talent.
Via the show’s official website:
Each week, a one-hour episode of Showville touches down in a quintessentially American small town and puts together a talent show in a mere four days. On Day One, the series’ talent coaches, actor/director Alec Mapa and choreographer Lisette Bustamante, host open auditions. Any and every kind of performer is welcome to show their stuff and tell their story; at the end of the day, Mapa and Bustamante select the four acts they feel will put on the best show for the town. The coaches have the next 48 hours to mentor each finalist in preparation for the “big show” and the performers must also juggle their real jobs, their families and their nerves. Day Four brings the final competition, presented at a well-known town venue for a live, local audience. Then it’s up to the performers’ fellow citizens — including friends, family, co-workers and neighbors — to choose the victor, who is awarded $10,000 and a loving cup that signifying their achievement as their town’s favorite act.
I shuffle through a bunch of concepts for upcoming reality shows and I think this one has a lot of promise. The hardest part will be continuity as each week brings a new place and new people. The only constants, which enhances the importance of their roles on the show, will be the coaches and having done a little research, Showville certainly has an experienced, vibrant and qualified choreographer on their hands with Bustamante.
Here is Lisette’s bio from AMC:
Lisette Bustamante began her entertainment career straight out of high school, and in the years since she’s worn a number of professional hats, including dancer, choreographer, artistic director, music video director and movement coach. She’s danced alongside superstars such as Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Usher on stages all over the globe, and has choreographed for Pink, Prince, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez.
She’s been featured in commercials for Gap, Pepsi, Pringles, iPod and Sprite, and has choreographed for film and television, with credits including supervising choreographer on America’s Best Dance Crew. Four years ago, Bustamante and her longtime choreography partner established Creating Opportunities, a mentoring company that offers classes, seminars and other programs for young dancers, singers and choreographers.
What was not mentioned above is that Lisette is also a vocalist and thanks to YouTube we’ve got proof! Here are two music videos featuring Showville’s coach flexing her vocals:
Lisette Bustamante “I (Bittersweet)”
Lisette Bustamante “Beautifully Complicated”
Showville premieres Thursday May 23 at 9/8c on AMC.