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Syndication (Weekly): 9/15/1990-2/23/1991
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Big Break (not to be confused with Your Big Break or The Big Break) was a short-lived talent contest show. Some say that this show is a knockoff of Star Search.


The weekly one-hour series featured singers and musicians competing for a $100,000 cash prize with guest appearances. Winners from each week competed in the semi-finals and then the final. Voting was then done by the studio audience.


Stations that aired this included:

New York - WCBS
Los Angeles - KCBS
Chicago - WFLD
Philadelphia - WTXF
San Francisco - KGO
Washington D.C. - WJLA
Detroit - WDIV
Dallas - WFAA
Houston - KHTV
Atlanta - WSB
Tampa - WTSP
Minneapolis - WCCO
Seattle - KIRO
Miami - WPLG
Pittsburgh - KDKA
St. Louis - KDSK
Phoenix - KPNX
Sacramento - KOVR
Baltimore - WJZ
Hartford-New Haven - WFSB
Orlando - WFTV
Indianapolis - WRTV
Portland - KATU
Cincinnatti - WLWT
Kansas City - KMBC
Charlotte - WJZY
Raleigh - WRAL
Greenville, SC - WSPA
New Orleans - WVUE
Memphis - WPTY
Oklahoma City - KOCO
Norfolk - WTKR
Providence - WJAR
Birmingham - WBRC
West Palm Beach - WPEC
Albany, NY - WRGB
Jacksonville - WJXT
Tulsa - KJRH
Mobile, AL - WALA
Shreveport - KSLA
Richmond - WRLH
Toledo - WTVG
Green Bay - WLUK
Des Moines - WHO
Roanoke - WSET
Omaha - KETV
Rochester, NY - WROC
Cedar Rapids - KWWL
Tucson - KOLD
Jackson, MS - WLBT
Columbia, SC - WACH
Huntsville - WTRT
Madison - WMSN
Las Vegas - KLAS
Evansville - WEHT
Waco - KXXV
Fort Myers - WBBH
Colorado Springs - KKTV
El Paso - KCIK
Lansing - WLNS
Montgomery - WCOV
Charleston, SC - WCBD
Lafayette, LA - KADN
Columbus, GA - WXTX
Fort Smith - KPOM
Talahassee - WTLH
Macon - WMAZ
Florence - WPDE
Tyler - KLTV
Bangor - WLBZ
Anchorage - KIMO
Bristol, VA - WCYB
Boston - WCVB
Milwaukee - WTMJ
Columbus, OH - WCMH
Cleveland - WKYC

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Known as "The Pied Piper of R&B", famed R&B singer, songwriter, record producer (& disgraced public figure) R. Kelly along with his former short-lived, all-black male singing group called MGM (Mentally Gifted Men) competed on an episode of this show along with winning $100,000.

In Popular Culture[]

From only the first season, a brief clip of R. Kelly and MGM winning on Big Break can be seen in the 2019 Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly in the first episode called ironically enough "The Pied Piper of R&B".

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YouTube Video[]

'Big Break' Promo From 1990
Big Break clip (1990 Star Search knockoff starring Natalie Cole)
Big Break clip #2 (1990)