NBC gets more musical with 'The Winner Is'
It ain’t over till the fat lady sings — or until she runs out of singing cattle calls to try out for. NBC is adding yet another such show to its roster with “The Winner Is" -- making it the 256,236th singing-focused show on broadcast TV.
The series is being dubbed as a vocal game show, with singers of all ages competing in head-to-head singing duels. We’re guessing it’s a prolonged version of the battle rounds from the network's other singing series, “The Voice,” which recently wrapped its second season.
Contestants will be judged by a special in-studio panel led by one to-be-announced celebrity judge. And then it gets all "Let's Make a Deal" on us. There will be a “unique twist” in which contestants can negotiate a deal with their opponents. Without knowing the results, participants can choose to leave the competition in exchange for a predetermined cash prize or continue. The deals don't stop there. Contestants will also be able to make a deal after each singing duel.
In the end, eight singers will duel and negotiate until two remain. After the final two perform, each will get the chance to walk away with $100,000, or they can choose to put their fate in the hands of the jury and viewers at home for $1 million.
No premiere date has been set. But we're sure you'll see your share of plucky singers in the meantime -- whether you like it or not.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Paul Telegdy is photographed at NBCUniversal in Universal City on Jan. 26, 2012. He is president of NBC Alternative and Late Night Programming. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times