The Nine Network Australia announced today it has commenced production on a local version of The Singing Bee, NBC’s new smash hit variety show, where it’s not how well you sing but how well you know the words that counts.
The Singing Bee premiered in the US, on Tuesday July 10 at 9.30pm on NBC with an average of 13.1million viewers, making it the network’s highest rating new show since 2003.
Viewers swarmed to the program which is a variety competition which challenges contestants to accurately sing the lyrics to popular songs – even when the band stops playing.
The Singing Bee is a karaoke showdown, with no middle ground for partially correct answers — contestants must be perfect or they’re out.
Family-friendly, broad in appeal and conducive to playing (and singing) along at home, The Singing Bee features popular, recognisable music that inspires hilarious wrong answers and amazing performances by those rare contestants who somehow manage to get every word right.
The Nine Network has commenced production on a local version of The Singing Bee featuring both international and Australian song content, for Australian audiences.
“Half variety show, and half game show, The Singing Bee is great all-round entertainment for the whole family, and we are really looking forward to bringing it to local viewers in September,“ said Michael Healy, Nine’s Director of Programming.