FAME star Debbie Allen is to launch her very own reality show named after the hit '80s TV series.

FAME - debuting later this year (03) - will be a show searching for talent across America, and producers say they are looking for multi-faceted performers aged 16 and upwards.

Celebrity judges will narrow down the field of contestants, and the audience will vote for the performers who will advance to the final rounds.

Actress and choreographer Allen will have an on-camera role in the new show as she recruits contestants and leads a "boot camp" for the finalists.

She says, "The enormous success of the movie Chicago, as well as talents like J.LO, Usher and Justin Timberlake, have rekindled the country's appetite for performers who sing, dance and have that bigger-than-life presentation that have helped them achieve fame."

23/04/2003 20:58