Steve Harvey returns to host “Showtime at the Apollo,” a brand-new one-hour special and reimagining of the classic talent showcase series. Artists participating in the event include the legendary Chaka Khan, T.I. featuring Meek Mill, Quavo and RaRa, Mike Epps and Gabriel Iglesias. The special airs Wednesday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Also to be featured in the special are elements from the Apollo’s legendary Amateur Night – the long-running, live talent competition, now in its 82nd year – which provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to perform in front of the toughest audience in the world. The Apollo audience is famed as one of entertainment’s most boisterous and brutally honest and those amateurs who don’t win over the crowd risk being booed off the stage. Amateur Night at the Apollo launched the careers of many iconic artists, including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Michael Jackson and The Jackson Five, D’Angelo and countless others, and the show continues to present new talent on the legendary Apollo stage every Wednesday night. The Apollo Theater’s Amateur Night has long been revered by artists as a transformative experience during which up-and-coming talent feel the power of the legendary performers who have come before them, while audience response can help make or break a career.
A two-hour “Showtime at the Apollo” event previously aired on Dec. 5, 2016, and featured unforgettable performances by Ashanti and Ja Rule, pop superstar John Legend, rappers Flo Rida, Busta Rhymes, Doug E. Fresh and Rakim; and musical acts Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Bell Biv Devoe, En Vogue and Jodeci. The special also showcased comedians Anthony Anderson, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez and Jay Pharoah.