BBC announces "Choir Wars"
- BBC1 today revealed a new weapon in the Saturday night ratings battle:
a knockout competition for choristers called Choir Wars.
Planned for next year and made by the corporation's in-house
entertainment production team, which also makes the BBC1 dance contest
Strictly Come Dancing, the new show aims to capitalise on the pastime
which boasts more than 25,000 registered choirs and at least half a
In the show, which is likely to premiere in autumn next year, the
performances of a variety of choirs will be judged by a panel, while
the show's viewers decide which choirs make it to the following week.
The BBC said it could not name the likely timing of the new show, the
numbers of choirs entering or any of the names likely to be on the panel.
"We hope as many choirs as possible will put themselves forward now we
have announced it," said a BBC spokeswoman.
The winner of Choir Wars will also be invited to compete in the final
of next year's Radio 3 Choir of the Year competition, with the final
broadcast on BBC Four at the end of the year.
The BBC's controller of entertainment commissioning, Elaine Bedell,
who commissioned the series, said: "This will be the biggest singing
talent show, with the greatest number of contestants, ever mounted on
"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."