Pitch Battle: New BBC One singing show will see groups go head to head


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BBC One will launch a brand new singing competition called Pitch Battle in 2017.

Yes, that's right, ANOTHER new singing competition.

As if the likes of The X Factor, Britain's Got Talent, The Voice UK and Gary Barlow's new series Let It Shine weren't enough.

Pitch Battle, according to the BBC, will search the nation to uncover "Britain’s best singing group"

"Riff Offs, Mash-Ups, solo showdowns and group harmonies are coming to BBC One in 2017, as a brand new Saturday night music entertainment show Pitch Battle," the channel announced in a press release.

The BBC say Pitch Battle - which is still a working title, so may change - will feature the best singing groups from across the UK and from all musical styles: pop, rock, folk and gospel to a capella groups and even fishermen’s choirs.

Over the course of five hour-long, heat episodes, they'll compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect inspired Riff Offs, a soloists challenge and an a capella round. The groups will need to pull out-all-the-stops in this no-chords-barred, sing or be sung-off tournament to win a spot in the final.

After the pre-recorded heats, the top groups will go forward to a LIVE final episode to decide the winner.

Created by Karen Smith’s indie Tuesday’s Child, the show was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning.

Kate Phillips said: “There are millions of people in the UK of all ages and backgrounds who sing simply for the love of it, for the joy and sense of community it creates. Tuesday’s Child’s excellent new format reflects this with shed loads of sass and spirit. We can’t wait to get started!”

Karen Smith, CEO Tuesday’s Child: “After a divisive, depressing 2016, we’re bringing some humour and harmony to 2017 in a contemporary new format with story, scale and spelling-binding, hairs-on-the-back-of-your neck performances.”

If the groups are good we reckon it could prove a hit...

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