YouTube searches for its next star with a cover competition

YouTube isn’t lacking in amateur (often amazing) covers of existing songs, but Ryan Seacrest himself reckons that covers, “are a terrific vehicle to help discover fresh talent.” For the video site, it gets to taps into those magical early years of YouTube , when users believed they had a chance of making it by putting themselves out there with a modicum of talent, an acoustic guitar and a low-res webcam. Is it still even possible to get famous through only a well-received cover track? We’ll see. – Mat Smith, Engadget