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    UPN begins search for hip-hop superstars on 03/07

    A GROUP OF ASPIRING PERFORMERS WILL COMPETE TO BECOME
    THE NEXT BIG HIP-HOP SUPERSTAR WHILE ON NATIONAL TOUR WITH
    GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ARTIST MISSY ELLIOTT,
    IN UPN'S NEW DRAMALITY SERIES "MISSY ELLIOTT PROJECT"

    Nationwide Search for Singers Begins March 7 in Los Angeles

    UPN will immediately begin searching the U.S. for aspiring performers to go coast-to-coast with Grammy Award-winning artist Missy Elliott on one of her upcoming concert tours, where a handful of selected men and women will travel, live together on the road and compete against each other for the opportunity to become the next big hip-hop superstar, in UPN's new dramality series presently titled MISSY ELLIOTT PROJECT.

    Just like Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliott, herself, the next big superstar could spring from a variety of backgrounds, but what they will have in common is superstar talent, superstar style and superstar attitude.

    Open casting sessions will begin Sunday, March 7 in Los Angeles. Casting sessions in Chicago (3/10), New York (3/12), Atlanta (3/15), Arlington, VA (3/17) and Dallas (3/19) will follow. Aspiring performers should have a three-minute routine prepared that showcases their talents as a singer, a rapper, a dancer and an all-around entertainer. Log onto www.upn.com for more information.

    UPN's new dramality series will feature everyday young vocalists as they transform into multi-talented hip-hop entertainers, in the process facing weekly tests that determine who can make the cut. The selected group will be challenged in a variety of ways while on the road, and with Missy's guidance, be exposed to top music industry insiders, all under 24-hour-a-day surveillance of the MISSY ELLIOTT PROJECT cameras, which chronicle every move.

    Missy Elliott is widely regarded as hip-hop's premiere female artist. Her influence, combined with millions of CD sales, rivals any of her musical peers. She has created an empire on her own terms, earning the rep of a daring innovator who won't take "no" for an answer. Missy Elliott is not merely a visionary recording artist and performer. She is one of the few women who enjoys an equal amount of success behind the scenes, as a prolific songwriter and producer, and as the head of her own record label. Missy initially scored hits for other artists, including Aaliyah, before breaking into the Top 10 herself on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart with 1997's Supa Dupa Fly. In 2003, Missy signed on as the National Spokesperson for "Break The Cycle," an organization that speaks out against domestic violence. She was also recently named one of the spokespeople for the MAC Viva Glam V campaign, along with Christina Aguilera and Linda Evangelista, among others, to raise awareness for the MAC Aids Fund.

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    Missy Elliott is the recipient of five Grammy Awards including Best Rap Solo Performance (2001), Best Female Rap Solo Performance (2002), and Best Female Rap Solo Performance (2004). In addition, she recently won her first American Music Award and took home Video of the Year, the biggest honor at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Missy will be touring in 2004 to support of her latest release, the critically-acclaimed This Is Not A Test.

    MISSY ELLIOTT PROJECT is produced by Shapiro/Grodner Productions in association with Monami/Violator Productions. Arnold Shapiro ("Big Brother"), Allison Grodner ("Big Brother"), Mona Scott, Jay Blumenfield and Anthony Marsh are executive producers. Missy Elliott is co-executive producer. Mona Scott and producer Jessica Horowitz are co-creators.

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    I loves me some Missy Elliot, and I think this is a sound concept for a new show. I hope it does well!
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    I just saw an advertisment for this show, I am really excited to get to see more Missy! Can't wait till January!

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