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Choirs battle it out to be crowned nation's best in BBC One's new Saturday night extravaganza


Doing for choristers what Strictly Come Dancing did for ballroom dancers, the nation's finest voices are about to belt it out – as harmoniously as possible – in Choir Wars, a brand new all-singing Saturday night knockout competition on
BBC One from the team behind Strictly Come Dancing and Any Dream Will Do.

 

Singing in choirs is one of the nation's biggest pastimes with over 25,000 registered choirs and at least half a million members.

 

Gospel, barbershop, classical, pop, a cappella, folk or rock – any group can enter the fray but it's personality, passion, power and performance that they'll need to make the Choir Wars cut.

 

Battling it out for the ultimate accolade of being the nation's favourite, Choir Wars is set to become the biggest talent search ever seen on British television.

 

The singing sensation follows a rich heritage of choral programming on the BBC, including BBC Radio 3 Choir Of The Year, Songs Of Praise Junior School Choir Of The Year and BBC Two's BAFTA award-winning The Choir.

 

But this is the first time the search for the country's finest voices is going primetime on BBC One.

 

A rigorous judging panel will ensure that only the most electrifying groups make it to the live shows, but in time-honoured tradition it's down to the viewers to decide who will become the victors of Choir Wars.

 

Commissioned by Elaine Bedell, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, and Roly Keating, acting Controller of BBC One, the brand new series from BBC Entertainment Productions will showcase the best singing groups in the UK today and witness their journey – the highs and the lows – through this spectacular Saturday night series.

 

Elaine Bedell says: "This will be the biggest singing talent show, with the greatest number of contestants, ever mounted on television.

 

"BBC Entertainment has a proven track record on Saturday nights as the home of pure family entertainment but the scale and ambition of Choir Wars is a whole new exciting ball game."

 

Choir Wars is a BBC Entertainment Production for BBC One.

 

Notes to Editors

 

The Radio 3 Choir of the Year will take place as usual in 2008, with the final broadcast on BBC Four at the end of the year.

 

PA/JD

 

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Category: TV Entertainment; BBC One
Date: 12.11.2007
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