'American Idol'-like talent competition app called 'Chosen' launches on Apple devices

Features Associated Press

For anyone who's ever dreamed of being on "American Idol" or "The Voice" as a performer or judge, a new app seeks to make their fantasy come true.

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The talent competition app "Chosen" from David Hyman, the former CEO of Beats Music, is launching Thursday for invitees on Apple devices.

"We designed 'Chosen' for tastemakers, up-and-coming talent and the more than 1 billion fans of online music videos, traditional reality competition TV shows and mobile gaming," said Hyman in a statement.

In the app's "karaoke" and "lip sync" modes, performers can show off their range from a selection of 75 different tunes, while the "perform now" mode allows entertainers of any kind to showcase any skills, from hip-hop dancing to violin playing.

The uploaded performances can be voted on by fellow users. The winner will be announced in June and be given a chance to perform on stage at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Hyman hopes "Chosen" isn't like other star searches.

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"On 'Chosen,' fans and performers are able to get in the game in a way that simply isn't possible while passively watching TV shows like 'American Idol' and 'The Voice,' endlessly surfing online videos," said Hyman. "In addition to being a powerful performance platform, 'Chosen' is a completely new way for fans to interact and engage with music and video content."

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Online:

http://www.chosen.fm