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BBC announces "Choir Wars"

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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 12, 2007
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      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
      million members.

      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
      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."
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