Mary J. Joins E! April 30, 2012Sista 4 Comments Singer Mary J. Blige has joined forces with American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe for “Opening Act,” a musical competition that will scan the internet in search of the next big thing. Newly discovered artists will compete for the chance to open for big names, including Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Brad Paisley and others. The show is scheduled to kick off this summer and will air on the E! Network.