|Created by||Adam Tyler and Edna Sims|
|Presented by||Lisa Lopes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers||Adam Tyler|
|Running time||22-26 approx. without commercials|
|Original release||September 28 –|
December 12, 1998
The Cut is a 1998 MTV talent series, hosted by TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. It was the first in a line of televised song contests that later included American Idol. A handful of would-be pop stars, rappers, and rock bands competed against each other and were judged. The prizes were a record deal and MTV's funding to produce a music video, which would enter MTV's heavy rotation.
The season was won by a male-female rap duo named Silk-E, with rapper Lil' Noah taking second place. Anastacia, a then unknown singer-dancer, also made the finale, but did not win. Other notable contestants include R&B singer and songwriter Ne-Yo (then a member of R&B group Envy) and hip-hop duo Emanon, which featured a little-known Aloe Blacc.
Episodes were around 30 minutes long (commercials included). There were four separate acts per episode, and vary from individual singers to groups. Artists performed in no particular order, and after the performances, a panel of alternating judges rated the performance from a scale of one to ten. Half-points, such as 7.5, were allowed. Whoever had the highest score at the end of the episode advanced to the finals.
|Judges||Season 1 (1998)|
|Host||Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes|
(Names in bold indicate the winner of the episode)
Original airdate: September 28, 1998
Original airdate: September 29, 1998
|Blue Rap City||N/A|
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