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Gladys Knight to be judge on new singing series

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  • Centric announced Wednesday that Gladys Knight will work as the "lead judge" on "Apollo Live," a singing competition at New York's famed Apollo Theater. It will debut in the fall.

      Centric announced Wednesday that Gladys Knight will work as the "lead judge" on "Apollo Live," a singing competition at New York's famed Apollo Theater. It will debut in the fall.
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NEW YORK -- Move over Jennifer Lopez, a veteran singing diva is joining the ranks of judges on reality TV: Gladys Knight.

BET's sister network Centric announced Wednesday that Knight will work as the "lead judge" on "Apollo Live." The new series is a singing competition at New York's famed Apollo Theater and puts a new spin on the venue's popular "Amateur Night" showcase. It will debut in the fall.

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Knight joins previously announced judges Doug E. Fresh and Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe.

"Apollo Live" is executive produced by Jamie Foxx. Comedian-actor Tony Rock will host the show.

Centric said a prize for the series' winner has not been determined.

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