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The Cut is a 1998 MTV talent series hosted by TLC member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. MTV's The Cut, was the first in a line televised song contest that was later followed by 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 Cut
GenreReality television
Created byAdam Tyler
Presented byLisa Lopes
Country of originUnited States
Executive producer(s)Adam Tyler
Kathy Cotter
Producer(s)Ifeanyi Njoku
Running time22-26 approx. without commercials
Original networkMTV
Original releaseSeptember 28 –
December 12, 1998
Related showsAmerican Idol

The season was won by a male-female rap duo named Silk-E, with rapper Lil' Noah coming in second place.[1]

Anastacia, a then unknown singer-dancer, also made the finale, but did not win.



Episodes were around thirty minutes long (commercials included). There are four separate acts per episode, and vary from individual singers to groups. Artists perform in no particular order, and after the performances, a panel of alternating judges rate the performance from a scale of one to ten. half points, such as 7.5, are allowed. Whoever has the highest score at the end of the episode advances to the finals.


Judges Season 1 (1998)
Host Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez


Thornell Jones
Dominica Johnson
Brian Mcknight
Erica Grayson
Tom Sturges


(Names in bold indicate the winner of the episode)

Episode 1[2]Edit

Original airdate: September 28, 1998

Act Score
Morning Wood 22.5
Nik-Tash'Ta 23.0
Shyan Selah 24.5
Gabi 26.0

Episode 2[3]Edit

Original airdate: September 29, 1998

Act Score
Kid Funky 24.0
Blue Rap City N/A
Nyt Owl 26.0
Amber 23.5


  1. ^ Classic Hip Hop Storage Box (2017-10-25), Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes The Cut Host and Silk-E winner's video (Finale) 1998, retrieved 2018-07-09
  2. ^ TLCtube (2014-12-07), The Cut Hosted By Lisa Left Eye Lopes Full EPISODE 1 -CYBERTLC, retrieved 2018-07-09
  3. ^ TLCtube (2017-11-17), The Cut Hosted By Lisa Left Eye Lopes Full EPISODE 2 -CYBERTLC, retrieved 2018-07-09

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