Sam Dunn (the guy behind the documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” and the TV series “Metal Evolution”), now is involved with a youtube channel called “BangerTV”. This spring, they did a casting call for a reality-TV style shred guitar competition, and the episodes have been released over the course of this week.
I think the level of talent on display from the contestants is pretty mixed (I think the only thing up for grabs is “bragging rights”, and contestants needed to either be local to where the thing was taped, or pay their own travel and accomodation for the taping).
Probably the coolest thing is they had Alex Skolnick as one of the judges.
While I can see why some people might philosophically object to the idea of treating music as a contest, I think the overall structure of this has potential to be fun and interesting in future iterations, especially if publicity around this first “season” allows them to attract a more balanced field of highly skilled players in the future.