E!'s new singing competition series pits world-renowned tribute artists against one another to compete for a cash prize and a live musical performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. But first, these fierce contestants must win over audiences—and their A-list judges; Grammy winner Meghan Trainor, Queen frontman Adam Lambert and "Song Factory" songwriter Ester Dean.
All performers in their own rite, Meghan, Adam and Ester share their superstar experiences to also coach the Clash contestants. The trio exclusively dished to E! News what fans can expect from the electric new series, premiering tonight on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 9:30 p.m. Plus, which real-life artists are their go-to karaoke picks? We'd totally pay to see these iconic mash-ups!
Check out what the Clash of the Cover Bands stars had to say below.
E! News: Why should fans be excited for the show?
Meghan Trainor: Because finally we have a platform to show off cover bands…the unsung heroes!
Adam Lambert: I think it's really exciting because some of the impersonations are literally like doppelgängers. I had friends that watched the teaser that was out and there was a flash of a couple of the artists and they were like, "Oh, did J.Lo come on the show?" They didn't understand. I was like, "No, no, no. That's not her!" They were like, "What?!" I think people are going to be really, really fascinated by the likeness of some of these people, both the way the look and the way that they perform, their sound. We just had a lot of fun. In addition to all of that, there's really something for everybody on the show. We have current pop divas, we have bands from the '80s and the '90s, we have classic icons. It's sort of like something for everybody, which I love.
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Ester Dean: It's paying homage. They're fans of J.Lo, they're fans of Céline Dion, they're fans of U2. So when you see another fan who took it to the extreme, to even start a cover band for the same band you love, and now you're hearing the songs and you're watching their dedication and everything you've put into it, just as much as what you would put into it, it's kind of like, "Girl, if I was Tina Turner, I would have done that too!" Like, if I loved Tina Turner that much, I would do that too, so I really feel like sometimes you get to sing karaoke and sometimes you get to close your eyes and close your ears and still see that artist. When you close your eyes, you can see feel J.Lo up there. When you close your ears, you can still see the Dolly Parton up there.
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