Simmons has teamed up with Sierra/Engine Television on the talent competition “Coliseum,” which bids bands against each other like singing Roman gladiators.
Contestants will form bands (performing the genre of their choice) to create unforgettable “acts.” The groups will be mentored by Simmons and judged by three new musical guest legends weekly before they battle it out during a final show in front of a large crowd.
Their fate lies in the hands of Simmons and the audience, who will be choosing a winner based on overall performance and not necessarily vocal chops.
Simmons will be pitching the show at Mipcom, an annual TV program market in Cannes, for local versions worldwide, along with co-creator Sierra/Engine Television CEO Chris Philip.
“‘Coliseum’ is a no-holds-barred competition show between musical gladiators in the arena fighting to survive, fighting to be the champion, fighting to curry the favor of Rock Caesar,” Simmons said in a press release. “Thumbs up or thumbs down, only the strong survive.”
Simmons starred in the A&E reality series “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” from 2006 to 2012.