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Blake Shelton "Clash of the Choirs": NBC Premieres First Ever Four-Night Live “Sing Off” and Elimination. Hometowns Hit it Big a

Blake Shelton "Clash of the Choirs": NBC Premieres First Ever Four-Night Live “Sing Off” and Elimination. Hometowns Hit it Big a

NEW YORK – November 13, 2007 – NBC has tapped five musical superstars -- Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton to embark on a musical challenge - to create America’s "greatest" choir on NBC’s newest live competition show “Clash of the Choirs,” airing live over four nights from New York. This live event will premiere on December 17th and continue through December 20th as choirs are voted off by viewers at home. A host will be announced shortly.
These musicians may have topped the Billboard charts, but they have no idea what lies ahead as they try to bring together *20 individually gifted singers from each of their hometown cities in a compressed period of time - a daunting task for the celebrities as they travel home to audition the gifted but amateur singers; deal with choir members from very different musical backgrounds and different kinds of vocal training, to create the pitch perfect harmonizing we come to think of when we think of the best and most famous choirs. Add in live performances from New York and you have a high-octane competition that might throw off the most polished musical virtuosos.
The live four night event, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, will have its two-hour premiere on Monday, December 17 (8-10 p.m. ET) and will air Tuesday, December 18 (8-9 p.m. ET), Wednesday, December 19 (also a two-hour episode from 8-10 p.m. ET) with the final competition and naming of the "greatest choir" on Thursday, December 20 (8-9 p.m. ET).
Choirs will be eliminated one by one, until the competition comes down to three choirs on the last evening. Following each choir performance, the alternate celebrity choirmasters and a musical expert will provide commentary critiquing each choir’s performance. Ultimately, the fate of the choirs rest with viewers watching at home as they judge the choir hopefuls each night. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote via phone or at www.nbc.com.
Michael Bolton will be going back to his hometown of New Haven, CT; Patti LaBelle will return to her hometown in Philadelphia, PA; Nick Lachey will be going home to Cincinnati, OH; Kelly Rowland will be returning to Houston, TX; and Blake Shelton will be going back to Oklahoma City, OK.
This dynamic group of musicians have an impressive number of album sales to note – combined they have sold over 200 million albums worldwide. The stakes are high for these accomplished singers, as they perform live on national television for the opportunity to win a grand prize that will benefit their hometown - what better way to give back during the holiday season.
The winning choir, along with the hometown celebrity musician, will become instant hometown heroes, by choosing a prize to help their community -- anything from renovating a school gym to an auditorium to a constructing a new neighborhood playground. This donated community prize will be a cause or project the winning celebrity is passionate about and will fulfill a community need.
Here are the basic ground rules: Bolton, LaBelle, Lachey, Rowland and Shelton will return to their respective hometown to help discover, nurture and direct a dynamic group of musically gifted, yet amateur singers. After assembling and rehearsing the choirs in their hometowns, the choirs will fly to New York to perform live on stage in a musical “sing off” competition over the course of four consecutive nights as America watches and judges from home. As choirmasters, each artist will be charged with training their choirs to bring the stage alive with the most energetic and vibrant performances in front of a live studio audience. Bolton, LaBelle, Lachey, Rowland and Shelton’s individual style and charm will be finessed throughout the choreography, costumes and their overall stage presence. Ultimately, this fun and thrilling competition will be sure to inspire as the choirs sing a variety of musical selections from current hits to holiday classics.

“Everyone knows that music has the power to inspire and uplift, especially around the holidays," said Craig Plestis, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Development and Specials, NBC Entertainment. "We have brought together an impressive roster of musicians, and they in turn have tapped some incredible local talent to share their musical gifts with the American public. For the musicians it's a chance to give back to the town that supported and nurtured them when they were starting out and for the choir members they become instant hometown heroes."

"We are over the moon that some of the world’s most talented performers are taking part in a show that's set to be a high note of the holiday season," said Executive Producer Paul Telegdy, EVP Content & Production, BBC Worldwide America. " There's a tremendous amount at stake for these famous choirmasters competing for prizes for their home towns – it will make for a terrific show."

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