The new show premieres Nov. 20.
Ludacris is hoping the new music competition series heâs hosting on YouTube will take an aspiring artist and âcatapult them to superstardom.â
The âMoney Makerâ rapper is host of Best.Cover.Ever,Â which pairs budding musicians with established stars for a shot at performing a duet on the online giant.Â The 10-episode series debuts Nov. 20Â .
The series stars Demi Lovato, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Jason Derulo, Charlie Puth, the Backstreet Boys, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, DNCE and Bebe Rexha. During each roughly 30-minute episode, the music stars pick two artists who best covered one of their songs from hundreds of video submissions and invite them to Los Angeles for a chance to sing with their idol.
âI can just say there are a lot of tears involved,â said Ludacris. âI think some of the best moments are the ones where you donât realize how hard people have been working and how hard theyâve been struggling to make ends meet to continue on with their dreams.â The season kicked off this summer with calls for covers by the 10 music acts. Fans were asked to submit their videos of such songs as Lovatoâs âConfident,â Perryâs âFirework,â Urbanâs âSomewhere in My Car,â DNCEâs âToothbrushâ and Deruloâs âTrumpets.â
Itâs an opportunity Ludacris said he would have adored when he was first starting out. âI remember when I was a kid, I always loved LL Cool J. It would have been a dream come true if I could have sung âIâm Badâ or one of his songs with him and get noticed,â he said.
âA lot of these kids are struggling and theyâre working so hard to build a fan base. This is not only an opportunity to live out one of their dreams with their favorite artists, but to continue to try to catapult them to superstardom and give them that little boost that they need.â
The online series is the second Ludacris has hosted. He also is the host of the Fear FactorÂ revival on MTV, which has been booked for a second season.
âYou know what? Iâm just crossing a lot of things off of the bucket list,â he said. âThere are certain things that Iâve always wanted to do and I just love taking advantage of all aspects of entertainment.â