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Netflix are making an ‘X Factor’-style talent show – with a huge name already on board

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Tom Victor
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It feels like it was only a matter of time until Netflix got involved in one of the most popular reality TV show formats going.

After a number of successful original films, documentaries, sitcoms and drama series, it looks like the streaming service will soon turn its attention to music competitions for the first time in its history.

If confirmed, it looks like being another major statement from Netflix, after the service secured the rights to upcoming projects from Martin Scorsese and Matt Groening.

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Called Rhythm and Flow, the new competition – focusing on hip-hop specifically – is already thought to have one big name involved behind the scenes.

According to Variety, John Legend’s production company Get Lifted is attached to the project. The company has reality TV experience from its involvement in Sing It On, a show following a capella singers.

Netflix is yet to issue a series order, but Variety suggests development has already begun on the project.

Former NBC exec Jeff Gaspin is also understood to be involved, but there is no word yet on who will present the show, be it Legend or another big name.

Legend has presented individual awards at several major ceremonies in recent years, and worked as an advisor on Season 12 of The Voice in the United States, but it is not yet clear whether his involvement in Rhythm and Flow will go beyond the production side.

While a lot of people are getting tired of X Factor-like shows – the ITV hit recorded its worst ever viewing figures for an opening episode last weekend – perhaps Netflix can breathe new life into the TV talent show? Legend’s involvement would certainly be a step in the right direction.

(Main image: Rex Features)