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    The Times: Expect to know your a cappellas from your cantabiles when BBC One tries to do for harmony singing what Strictly Come Dancing did for sequins. The
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      The Times:

      Expect to know your a cappellas from your cantabiles when BBC One
      tries to do for harmony singing what Strictly Come Dancing did for
      sequins.

      The broadcaster has hit on the normally sedate world of choir singing
      in its search for the next Saturday night ratings hit, running a
      talent contest for choirs on the same lines as The X Factor and Any
      Dream Will Do.

      Contestants of Choir Wars will be able to choose any style, from
      gospel and barbershop to classical, folk and rock, and will be marked
      on their "personality, passion, power and performance" by a panel of
      experts. They can also expect to hear harsh words when out of tune,
      with producers looking for a Simon Cowell of the choir world to
      deliver withering judgements.

      A choir will be evicted each week until viewers choose the nation's
      favourite. There are more than 25,000 registered choirs in Britain and
      the BBC is promising "the biggest talent search ever seen on British
      television". And for those who think choir singing lacks drama,
      harmony does not always reign. A video of Chantage, last year's Radio
      3 Choir of the Year winners, provoked a furious reaction after it was
      placed on YouTube.

      "The diction during the tenor portion was terrible, the sopranos were
      extremely off pitch near the end, and vowel shapes were non-existent,"
      complained Tenor207.

      Traditional choral ensembles may need a stylist, with producers
      looking for electrifying groups and lively personalities to entertain
      viewers.

      Choir Wars will run in parallel with the radio Choir of the Year
      contest. The television winner will be invited to compete in the Radio
      3 final, although Saturday night viewers may demonstrate markedly
      different tastes.

      The Radio 3 rules state that choirs can have any number of members
      from eight to a hundred but the television producers are considering
      allowing choirs of unlimited size.

      Fame beckons for the winners, who could win a deal to record a
      possible chart-topping single for Christmas next year.

      Chantage, who formed in London in 1999, are much in demand, appearing
      on several television shows and prestigious carol concerts since their
      win. Another prestigious choir, the Exmoor Singers, performed with the
      Indie rock band Bloc Party at the BBC Electric Proms last month.
      Elaine Bedell, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning, 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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