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July 17, 2009

Harmony Sweeps inspires NBC TV show

Some of you may remember when Sony Pictures Television taped the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals last year with the idea of perhaps creating a reality TV show around the contest. A Sony staff producer first thought up the idea as he once competed in the Harmony Sweeps several years back and is a big fan of the music. Well the bad news (for me) is they won't be basing it around the Harmony Sweeps but the much more important good news is that they are creating a TV contest that is to be for a cappella groups only.

Called "The Great American Sing Off" the show has been green lit by NBC and the planning currently is for 8 shows to air around Thanksgiving with an elimination each week. The casting folks assure me they are interested in hearing from all styles, genders, ages etc. of a cappella groups. Group members must be over 18 and groups must have between 4 to 10 members.

The contest it seems will be a slick American Idol type of production and it should be interesting to see how major media will treat a cappella music this time. Please no more Mickey Rapkin type "Let's make fun of a cappella" publicity but rather a focus on the music itself which should truly shine given this national showcase.

The details for auditions are being worked out and more info will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.

Posted by acapnews at July 17, 2009 12:00 AM


I've tried contacting them a few times, but no response...

Posted by: Amy at July 21, 2009 2:47 PM

I got a response the first time I emailed, and they opened our Sonicbids Electronic Press Kit. But all they told me was keep checking their MySpace, and that they expect to have auditions in July. I have been checking it diligently...I have emailed them again...I'm thinking maybe it won't happen afterall. :(

Posted by: Colleen Keene at July 25, 2009 7:05 PM

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