Mel Giedroyc to host new BBC singing talent show Pitch Battle

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Mel Giedroyc has been tipped to host the BBC's new singing talent show Pitch Battle.

As if the likes of The Voice, Let It Shine, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent weren't enough, another prime time singing series is making its way to BBC One this year.

Pitch Battle is looking for the best singing groups from across the UK, from all musical styles: pop, rock, folk and gospel to acapella choirs.

Over the course of five hour-long, heat episodes, the groups will compete head-to-head over a series of choral challenges including Pitch Perfect inspired Riff Offs, a soloist’s challenge and an acapella round.

The groups will need to pull out-all-the-stops in this no-chords-barred, sing or be sung-off tournament to win the live final.

According to The Sun newspaper today, Let It Shine and Let's Sing and Dance co-host Mel Giedroyc has been chosen to front the series.

A source said: "Mel is well-loved by audiences and will no doubt do a brilliant job.”

The BBC previously announced that Deke Sharon, Music Director and Arranger for the box-office hit Pitch Perfect, would be the new show's music director.

Deke Sharon said: “I’m so excited to come to the UK to see the breadth of musical talent, and to provide the launching pad for what could be the world’s next megastar harmony group! If you love music, you love to sing and you are in a group or want to form one, come along - we can’t wait to see you perform!”

Karen Smith, CEO of programme makers Tuesday’s Child said: “This is a contemporary new format and we are looking for spell-binding, hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck performances. We know they are out there – so get in touch!

"To have someone of Deke’s calibre advising on musical arrangements throughout the series is a once in a lifetime opportunity for ambitious groups around the country!”

The series is expected to air against The Voice UK Kids on ITV on Saturday nights later this year.

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