YouTube launches talent-contest show Best.Cover.Ever with Demi Lovato

YouTube launches talent-contest show Best.Cover.Ever with Demi Lovato

YouTube's relationship with the music industry has been a bumpy one, to say the least, but the service's latest ad-supported original show has a starry cast of artists.

Best.Cover.Ever. has challenged YouTuber musicians to cover songs by a group of stars including Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Jason Derulo, with a run of 10 episodes showing off the best.

The first three half-hour episodes went live this week featuring Lovato, Perry and Derulo. Between now and 21 December, seven more will follow focusing on songs by Charlie Puth, Backstreet Boys, Flo Rida, Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha, DNCE and Keith Urban.

The contestants may be as much of a draw for some viewers. Anthem Lights, one of the contestants in the Demi Lovato episode, have more than 686,000 subscribers and 141m views already on their own channel for example.

YouTube struck a deal with FMCG giant Johnson & Johnson to sponsor the entire series, with its Listerine, Aveeno, Acuvue, OGX and Neutrogena brands attached to individual episodes.

It's a big bet on ad-supported content for YouTube, which has also recruited rapper Ludacris to host the show, which is produced by top-tier TV firms Ryan Seacrest Productions and Endemol Shine North America.

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