Did you hear the news? After two successful specials, Fox has picked up Showtime at the Apollo as a weekly one-hour series that will feature Steve Harvey as host. The reimagining of the classic series will debut for the 2017-2018 season, and will feature performances by everyone from John Legend and Chaka Khan to Anderson .Paak, T.I., Chris Rock and Jodeci.
“Instead of just putting on a great show, we’re going to do that and find the next great comic and the next big music star,” said Harvey. “That’s what the Apollo is all about. My roots are on that stage and I can’t wait to be there every week, looking for great talent. Who said you can’t go back home again?”
Many legendary musicians have performed in the hopes of reaching stardom on the Apollo stage, including Ella Fitzgerald and James Brown as well as Luther Vandross and The Jackson 5. And while the following celebs may not have always been embraced by the infamous Apollo crowd, they would eventually make a big enough mark to become major stars down the line. Here are 10 stars you probably forgot debuted through Showtime at the Apollo.
Harvey hosted the show from 1993 to 2000. And you probably don’t know it, but Showtime at the Apollo is where Harvey made his debut on television in front of a national audience as a comedian and host.