BBC's Pitch Battle swaps opening episode following Grenfell Tower fire

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BBC One has announced a change to the opening episode of Saturday night's Pitch Battle.

The new singing show promises to bring a "unique blend of sass, swagger and a pinch of mischief" when it begins this weekend.

While the show will still be airing as planned, the original first episode will be swapped out for another following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London.

The BBC explained: "Following the tragic fire in London, due to song lyrics and themes, the decision has been taken to replace the original opening episode of Pitch Battle with another episode."

The original episode was set to feature an a cappella group from Kings College London All The King’s Men, a Polish jazz group Alle Choir, the London International Gospel Choir, a female vocal soul group Songbird Sessions, a Welsh choir Sgarmes, and the newly formed 4 Tune Tellers and Kimmy.

They were due to be joined by superstar guest judge singer songwriter Bebe Rexha.

Instead, the first episode will include pop choir from Liverpool LMA, an all-female a cappella group from The University of Birmingham The Uptone Girls, a soul group of musicians Leeds Contemporary Singers, a contemporary choir Vocally Bespoke, an all-female barbershop group Vocal Dimension Chorus and a five-piece gospel group A Flame.

And they will be joined guest judge BRIT Award winner and former choirboy Will Young.

The dropped episode will air later this year.

Pitch Battle airs Saturday night at 7:30PM on BBC One.

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