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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, November 06, 2007

Nick Lachey Heads Home To Lead NBC's Choir

Nick Lachey will come home to lead Cincinnati's entry in NBC's "Clash of the Choirs" big holiday prime-time competition to air the week before Christmas.

Lachey, a 1992 School for Creative and Performing Arts graduate, will help assemble the ensemble after auditions this weekend. He won't be here for the open casting call 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Walnut Hills High School (moved by NBC from the SCPA). He will be here for callbacks sometime after the private by appointment auditions Friday -- which are all booked -- and the open auditions Saturday.

And here's another change as of Wednesday morning: NBC says every amateur singer who comes to the auditions 9-6 Saturday will be seen, not just the first 300 people in line. Singers must be 18, and prepared to sing 16 bars a capella. You should bring along a Cincinnati application from NBC's website... which has not be posted as of now (11:30 a.m. Wednesday). Here's the link:

NBC will have application forms at the high school too, I'm told.

Lachey and casting directors will select 20 singers to go to New York Dec. 13-21 for rehearsals and the live telecasts.

Lachey and the locals will be competing with celebs and choirs from four other cities: Patti LaBelle/Philadelphia, Kelly Rowland/Houston, Blake Shelton/Oklahoma City and Michael Bolton/New Haven, Conn. "Clash of the Choirs" will air Dec. 17-20 on NBC. Viewers will vote off one choir Monday and Tuesday, with 3 singing in the finals Wednesday, and the winner announced Thursday.


at 11/09/2007 9:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to ask a clarifying question. Is Nick Lachey going to be present on Saturday? It looks like originally he was not planned to attend but now he will be there.

Just curious. Thank you!

at 11/09/2007 10:37 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Nick won't be here Saturday. He gets involved after the open call Saturday, NBC folks say.

at 12/20/2007 12:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there going to be another open casting for this after its over?

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