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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

NBC's Must Sing TV Coming To Cincinnati

Call it Must Sing TV. NBC casting directors are coming to Cincinnati next week to audition amateur singers for "Clash of the Choirs," a four-night prime-time reality competition airing the week before Christmas.
A celebrity with Cincinnati ties -- NBC won't say who -- Could it be Nick Lachey? -- will help assemble 25-person choir which will compete on live TV Dec. 17-20.
Open auditions will be Saturday, Nov. 10, at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Auditions by appointment will be held Nov. 8-9 at SCPA. To apply for an appointment, email Jonathan Tanzman info about your musical background, a photo and contact info. His email is His phone in LA is 818-487-5142.
People may audition as individuals or as a group. Some will be called back for an audition with the celebrity at some point. The finalists must be able to spend 10 days in New York (Dec. 13-21) rehearsing and performing.
The Cincinnati vocalists will be competing with similar groups representing four other cities. So far only one celeb and city has been announced by NBC: Patti LaBelle and Philadelphia. (The Cincinnati celeb will be announced before auditions begin next week, I'm told.)
Like "American Idol," viewers will vote nightly after live performances and determine which choir wins. Unlike "American Idol," there will not be a panel of three judges to critique the groups. "America's Best Choir" will be named Thursday, Dec. 20. A $250,000 charitable donation will be made in the winning group's name.


at 10/30/2007 11:55 PM Anonymous 03 said...

Maybe Nick Lechey...but the show would be better if it were Bootsie Collins.

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