Queen Latifah is still my favorite. Call it Living Single withdrawal or never having gotten over her final shoot-em-up scene in Set It Off, but I’m always hoping that her next move in rapping or acting or singing or whatever she chooses to do will be an even bigger move than the last.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Queen Latifah will join Gloria Estefan and country singer John Rich of duo Big & Rich as a judge/mentor on the upcoming CW network reality singing competition The Star Next Door, produced by Dave Broome of The Biggest Loser. The show, airing this summer, will try to be different than American Idol and The Voice (and X-Factor…and The Sing-Off) by having the judges travel across the country in search of talent to represent their hometowns and providing them with mentoring — hence the title The Star Next Door. Queen will also serve as Executive Producer through her company Flavor Unit Entertainment, so

The reality singing competition genre is practically unavoidable at this point, even annoyingly so, and I have to wonder how a program like this can truly differentiate itself from all of the other offerings that sound like the exact same thing. Maybe they’ll get people to lose weight while demonstrating that they can sing? I don’t know anymore.

Is the reality singing competition genre played out? Do you look forward to seeing Queen Latifah back on television?

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