Platinum Hit was a reality music competition series on Bravo in 2011. The series follows 12 singer/songwriters who compete in challenges focused on writing lyrics and performing songs. The winner of the series won $100,000 in cash, a publishing deal with The Writing Camp, and a recording deal with RCA/Jive.
Guest judges includedDonna Summer, Evan Bogart, Jermaine Dupri, Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Ryan Tedder, and Taio Cruz.
Platinum Hit Cast Members
Following is a list of the primary cast members for the show. Click on the cast member name for more detailed information.
- Kara DioGuardi – Lead judge
- Jewel Kilcher – Host and Judge
- Amber Ojeda
- Blessing Offor
- Brian Judah
- Jackie Tohn
- Jes Hudak
- Johnny Marnell
- Karen Waldrup
- Melissa Rapp
- Nevin James
- Nick Nittoli
- Scotty Granger
- Sonyae Elise – Winner
List of Platinum Hit Episodes
The Platinum Hit series ran for one season with a total of 10 episodes. Each episode was 60 minutes in length. All of the episodes are available to watch on Amazon Video.
- E1 – This Is Platinum Hit – In the first episode, Jewel and Kara meet a group of aspiring songwriters who will compete in the competition. They give the group their first challenge, to write a song hook inspired by the city of Los Angeles. Also, the competitors must join forces to co-write a song. This episode also includes guest judges Jermaine Dupri and Trevor Jerideau.
- E2 – Dance Floor Royalty – The aspiring songwriters are challenged to write a dance club anthem. Donna Summer sits in as a celebrity judge to determine who wrote the best son. In an interesting twist, the writers must also perform the song in an actual club, to see if it gets everyone up on their feet.
- E 3 – Wheels Up – The contests must write a hook inspired by the American road trip. They head out on the open road and the pressure begins to build. Natasha Bedingfield joins as a celebrity judge.
- E4 – Rap Heroes – The contestants are challenged to showcase their rapping skills for guest judge Rodney Jerkins. However, some don’t take it as seriously as others.
- E5 – The L Word – First, the songwriters are asked to write a love song. Yet, for the first time, a surprise twist makes the challenge more difficult.
- E6 – We Are Risk Takers – The contestants have to display their skills on the streets of Los Angeles.
- E7 – Somebody Is Lying – The group has to write and pitch a song to Gavin DeGraw and Evan Bogart. However, someone thinks they are being sabotaged.
- E8 – Kiss the Flame – There are only five musical artists left in the competition. Guest judge Colbie Calliat joins to hear the writers pitch their songs to stay in the game.
- E9 – Make It Pop – In this episode, the contestants have to work alone to write a pop song. However, their music will be judged by a group of high school students. Also, Taio Cruz joins to help make the final decision.
- E10 – The Winner Takes It All – In the season finale, the final three have to wrong a song that defines their life. Leona Lewis joins as a judge to help decide the winner.
Production Company and Executive Producers
The series is created and produced by Evan Bogart.
Critical Response and Awards
- The series is rated 6.7 out of 10 stars on IMDB and 7.2 out of 10 stars on TV.com
- Amazon Video viewers give the series 3.5 out of 5 stars
Facts and Trivia
Following is a list of little-known facts and trivia about the show and its cast members.
- The series was originally titled Hitmakers. Then it was changed to Going Platinum and then finally to Platinum Hit.
For more information, visit Bravo’s official page for the series.
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