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Last Choir Standing
Presenters Nick Knowles and Myleene Klass

Last Choir Standing



Introduction


BBC One embarks on a brand new weekend entertainment show as choirs from all walks of life from handbag-wielding Cheshire divas performing Britney Spears to a group of gay men giving the Pussycat Dolls a new spin – go up against each other to find out who has the passion, power and performance necessary to be declared Last Choir Standing.

 

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

 

Following a callout to choirs across the country, some of the UK's best will be going head to head in this exciting new talent search to find the nation's favourite choir.

 

Presenters Nick Knowles and Myleene Klass will follow the choirs as they progress through the contest. Joining them and putting the choirs through their paces will be a panel of music experts – opera superstar Russell Watson, actress, singer and West End star Sharon D Clarke and choral conductor and director Suzi Digby OBE.

 

Each choir will have to prove they have the power, passion and performance to win a chorus of approval from the judges and viewers at home if they are to be left as the Last Choir Standing and crowned as the nation's favourite singing sensations.

 

Commissioned by Elaine Beddell, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC Vision, Last Choir Standing is a BBC Vision Studios production brought to the screen by the team behind other BBC hit entertainment shows including Strictly Come Dancing, I'd Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do. Executive Editor is Martin Scott, Executive Producer is Moira Ross and Series Producer is Clodagh O'Donoghue.

 

The Auditions

Thousands of people from all walks of life send in their applications on tape. The only criteria for entries is that the choirs are made up of between 10 and 50 people, aged 13 years or older.

 

Sixty of the best choirs are invited to audition in front of the expert panel of judges at London's Cadogan Hall.

 

The choirs must perform to impress the judges, but with a limited number of places available in the next round they have to pull out all the stops, showing that they not only have the technical ability but also the passion to bring their songs to life. They will need two judges to say "yes" to make it through.

 

The Call-backs

After making it through the audition stage, the 27 best choirs return to sing for the judges once again. This time the stakes are higher as the choirs have the added pressure of singing under the lights and cameras of a TV studio in front of a studio audience – including some famous faces – and the other choirs taking part. The judges will be looking to see just how far the choirs have progressed since the Cadogan Hall auditions, and whether they have the potential and stamina needed to take part in the rest of the competition.

 

With only 15 places in the next stage of the contest – The Heats – the judges then face the difficult task of deciding who has the potential to go all the way.

 

The Heats

The final 15 choirs now sing for a place in the next stage of the show. With three heats taking place across three weeks, five different choirs will perform each week for a chance to make it through. Two choirs, chosen by the judges, will go through from each heat leaving a total of six in the finals.

 

Each show will open with a rousing group performance – and with all five choirs from the heat involved it will be like nothing seen before. The individual choirs will then perform two songs each, desperate to impress the judges and earn a coveted place in the finals.

 

The Finals

With only six choirs now remaining, they will all perform each week in the live television finals for the public vote. Each choir will have to prove to viewers that they have the power, passion and performance to be the Last Choir Standing. Each week one choir will say goodbye, leaving three choirs still standing in the grand final.

 

RB


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