Fatone hosts the NBC original which launched to an impressive 13.1m viewers in July.
The karaoke contest sees contestants trying to accurately remember lyrics to songs for a $50,000 prize.
The announcement of Fatone as host is an unusual move by Nine and it’s hard to recall another game or variety-style show where local talent has been sidelined over an international presenter (David Campbell won’t be too happy). Nine will no doubt be pitching this as a bold move, to illustrate they are serious about making the show a success. I guess Richard Wilkins’ old Key Notes showreel didn’t win him the gig?
No airdate yet.
UPDATE: Rob Mills has also been mentioned as one of the four regular vocalists on the show.
The man who created the buzz about the world’s newest musical game show is coming to Australia.
Joey Fatone, *NSYNC singer and host of THE SINGING BEE (USA and Canada), will bring his hit program alive in the Channel Nine studios with the same enthusiasm that created a chorus of fans throughout the world.
The rules of the game are simple: you don’t have to sing it well, you just have to sing it right.
THE SINGING BEE challenges contestants to accurately sing the lyrics to popular songs from the 1960s through to today. A live studio band and some of the top singers in the country will play a familiar tune and when the music stops the contestant must finish the next part of the song word perfect.
With songs guaranteed to have viewers singing along at home, THE SINGING BEE will feature recognisable tunes that have inspired hilarious wrong answers. Each episode sees six brave contestants step into the spotlight, but there will be no middle ground for partially correct answers – one wrong word and you’re out of the game.
Through a process of elimination of song-based games the last person standing will face the ultimate melody mind-boggler and the opportunity to win up to $50,000 in cash.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Joey Fatone is bringing his show to Australia ,” said Michael Healy, Nine Network Head of Programming. “There is no one as comfortable on THE SINGING BEE stage as Joey. His fantastic energy, wit and enthusiasm bring the show to life and this has been a major reason for the show’s massive success in the US .”
“Joey’s music credentials – having enjoyed huge musical success with *NSYNC – make him the perfect choice for this show.”
THE SINGING BEE premiered on America ’s NBC on July 10, 2007 to an audience of 13.1 million viewers. It was the biggest US summer premiere since ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Filmed in the Channel Nine Melbourne studios that have produced so many famous Australian television favourites over five decades, THE SINGING BEE is a program with a remarkable formula designed to entertain the whole family
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