The masterminds behind Jersey Shore think they'll find the next batch of ridiculous TV personalities at a rave. Their planned electronic dance music reality show sounds tacky, ego-driven, and combustible—in other words, perfect. The world of EDM (as in electronic dance music) is full of the kind of hyperactive, garish digital stuff you'd hear throbbing over neon-colored crowds at massive festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra, and Hard or clubs called Karma or Aztec. Some of the hottest DJs in this universe include Skrillex, David Guetta, Avicii, and Steve Aoki. They usually purport to play house, techno, and dubstep, but their takes on these styles pay as much homage to genre pioneers as Nickelback does to the Rolling Stones. Questions of authenticity aside, GQ's Ryan Leas was probably right in describing this hedonistic movement as, "the biggest thing going right now in youth culture."
Casting director Doron Ofir didn't have to look far for the idea to pit wannabe-EDM superstars against each other in a DJ competition reality show. One of his biggest discoveries, Pauly D, is now making millions DJing the kind of sub-Tiësto fare that passes for dance music these days. We don't know much about the show yet (like which channel will carry it, when it will start shooting, or what the prize for winning will be). But Ofir's production company has set up an online casting call, giving attention-seeking amateur mixmasters a chance to answer prompts like "Would you consider yourself a 'technical expert' or 'creative performer'?" and "BRAG! What are your best assets? Physical, material and social." Simon Cowell tried to launch a similar show earlier this year, but legal disputes dashed his DJ Idol dreams. We're hoping the Jersey Shore creators succeed in getting their show on the air, because it stands a chance of being the most trash-tastic series since Toddlers & Tiaras. Here's what the Jersey Shore version of a DJ competition show might look like: