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September 22, 2007

"Clash of the Choirs" - New NBC reality show.

Hollywood Reporter

NBC is putting a new twist on the reality singing-competition genre with "Clash of the Choirs," in which five celebrity singers go back to their hometowns to assemble an amateur choir of everyday people.

NBC has ordered a holiday-themed four-episode installment of "Choirs" to air in the week leading up to Christmas. The show could be picked up for additional cycles.

The show will follow the choirs as they compete in live performance shows in music genres ranging from pop hits to holiday classics. Groups will be eliminated by viewers, who will vote via phone, text message or at NBC.com until a winner is selected. It hasn't been decided yet if there will be a judging panel critiquing the performances.

In the holiday spirit, the winning choir, along with the celebrity who selected them, will pick a prize that will help their hometown and give back to their community -- anything from renovating a school gym to creating a neighborhood park.

"Choirs" will kick off with a two-hour premiere episode at 9 p.m. December 17, followed by a one-hour at 9 p.m. December 18 , a two-hour show at 9 p.m. December 19 and a one-hour finale at 8 p.m. December 20. Airing the show on four consecutive nights follows the launch pattern of other NBC reality series, including the hit game show "Deal or No Deal."

"Clash of the Choirs" is based on a Scandinavian format. It will be produced for ABC by "Dancing With the Stars" producer BBC Worldwide Prods.

Paul Telegdy, exec vp content and production at BBC Worldwide Americas, said he initially got the same bewildered reaction to his pitch for "Choirs" as the one he got for "Dancing," which was turned down by ABC three times before the network committed to it.

"But I think that a primetime show about choirs will work in primetime for the same reason a show about ballroom dancing does: We think it will be compelling and bold," said Telegdy.

Posted by acapnews at September 22, 2007 12:45 AM


Nick has it hands down, when it comes to children you can not second guess any one. Go Nick, Go Cincinnati!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Margaret Bunten at December 19, 2007 7:39 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed Nick Lachey's choir. Then were definitely the.... Second Best... choir of the competition.
But how can anyone who enjoys and understands great music not appreciate the excellence and the energy and electricity produced by Miss Patti's choir?
Well, I guess I just answered the question.
Since the early part of this decade the music industry has not allowed the really creative and innovative music to find the airwaves or music store shelves.
So the younger music listener does not have a basis for comparison and doesn't understand what really great Rock, Pop or Soul music actually is.
If you have not been exposed to a voice as dynamic as Patti Labelle's, you might think Kelly Rowland is a great singer. Sorry Kelly. But today's young listeners have not heard... because it is not being produced... an abundance of great music. So, if they have not heard it... how can they understand and appreciate it?
For music's sake, I hope that changes.

Thanks, Ms. Patti.. for the chills!

Posted by: Larry Russell at December 21, 2007 5:40 PM

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