Dizzee Rascal signs on to judge Sky1's Must Be The Music

Sky 1 HD today announced a stellar line up for its new series Must Be The Music. The judging panel will include the current golden boy of the British music scene Dizzee Rascal, multiple award-winning singer, pianist and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Cullum and chart topping singer/songwriter Sharleen Spiteri.

The judges and host will be attending auditions in London, Manchester and Edinburgh over June and July in the search for the UK’s best music act – any age, any song, any style. With such wide-ranging musical backgrounds, the panel are perfectly placed as judges for Must Be The Music, which is open to any type of musical talent, be they a gospel choir, an indie rock band, a rapper or a soprano singer.

Dizzee Rascal, scored his fourth UK Number 1 last weekend with “Dirtee Disco”, following up his previous Number 1 singles “Dance Wiv Me”, “Bonkers” and “Holiday”. The man who won Best British Male at this year’s Brits is now helping to look for Britain’s best music. Having won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize as a breakthrough act, he’s now transcended urban and pop music with hit collaborations with everyone from Calvin Harris to Florence + The Machine on “You’ve Got The Dirtee Love”. So Dizzee is no stranger to working with artists across different types of music and spotting new talent.

Jamie Cullum is also at the top of his game. He is the UK’s biggest-selling jazz artist of all time and the singer-songwriter’s albums “Twentysomething”, “Pointless Nostalgic” and “Catching Tales” have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

As a Brit and Grammy nominated artist, he has taken jazz into the mainstream and his new album “The Pursuit” has seen Jamie embark on a sold out world tour, from which he will be flying into the UK to record ’Must Be The Music’. Jamie’s success is truly global, taking him from Seoul to Sao Paolo, Melbourne to Memphis and across the USA where he has achieved huge success collaborating with Clint Eastwood on the Golden Globe nominated score for Gran Torino. Jamie also finds time to host his own weekly show on BBC Radio 2.

Sharleen Spiteri is a multi-award winning artist with a coveted Ivor Novello under her belt and is best known for being the lead singer of Scottish rock/blues band Texas, however has also achieved success more recently as a solo artist, with her albums “Melody” and the recently released “The Movie Songbook”.  Having sold over 12 million albums worldwide and recognised as one of the UK’S most credible singer/songwriters, Sharleen is in prime position to join the other two judges on Must Be The Music in the search to find the best musical talent the UK has to offer.

The series, open to all musicians and singers no matter what type of music they play, is set to air in early August 2010 on Sky 1 HD and its unique new format hands back control to the artists themselves, empowered by creative support, promotional advice and a cash fund of £100,000 to kick start their career. The final will be held live at one of the UK’s biggest and most famous music venues, where the finalists will perform on the same stage as the show’s prestigious judges.

Jamie Cullum commented:

“I’m honestly so pleased to be involved in a competition that gives all musicians out there the opportunity to be heard. I know that some people may feel that their unique approach to music doesn’t normally have a voice, but they are exactly who we are looking for – genuine talent in whatever form it takes.”

Dizzee Rascal stated:

“I know how hard it is to break into the music industry and am giving all you fellow musicians out there a chance to come and show me, the other judges and the rest of the UK that we really do have some of the best musicians in the world right under our noses, who deserve a break. I’m here to give you that break.”

Sharleen Spiteri stated:

“It’s going to be a great opportunity for musicians out there to come and perform in front three judges who have such diverse musical styles, that no matter what style of music they perform it will surely pique the interest of at least one of us. Regardless of our differing music genres, ultimately we all have the same goal and that’s to encourage unsigned and undiscovered talent to perform to the best of their abilities and give them the opportunity to succeed in something they are truly passionate about.”

Must Be The Music will launch this summer on Sky1 HD and Sky1. For further information, go to www.sky.com/music.

Duncan Gray, Head of Entertainment, Sky1 HD and Sky1, 2 and 3, commented:

“Dizzee, Jamie and Sharleen are a superstar trio of judges who will help real musical talent get real rewards.”

Henrietta Conrad, Executive Producer Princess Productions added:

“We’ve appealed for people with a passion for music to attend the auditions, and by adding these incredible artists into the mix, we now have the perfect combination. Dizzee Rascal, Sharleen Spiteri and Jamie Cullum are passionate, credible and brilliantly talented and we hope this will ensure that Must Be The Music really will be the show to watch this summer.”


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