NBC Announces New Singing Competition/Game Show “The Winner Is”

Ugh. Make it stop. Please.  A new singing competition from NBC,  called The Winner Is, gives singers of all ages the opportunity to compete against each other for a 1 million dollar cash prize.  The twist is that, along the way, hopefuls can negotiate a cash out before they are eliminated (or not).

It would be as if an Idol contestant who bombed a performance badly, or felt their number was up for whatever reason– could negotiate a cash settlement prior to the results show.   Sounds horrible, doesn’t it?  The new show adds elements of the most annoying reality/game how formats into the traditional singing competition.

Honestly,  I don’t think I have the stomach to cover this one. Sorry.

The victor only wins the cash prize, there are no promises of a record deal or a post-competition singing career. For the best, really.

The judging panel  will be led by  one “celebrity” judge, to be announced. Oy. I wonder which has-been D-lister will be doing the honors?

NBC can’t win with scripted shows. Not only will we have The Voice twice a year, but it looks like NBC will try to strike gold with other singing competitions as well. The over-kill will ultimately hurt all the singing shows the network attempts to launch, including The Voice.

NBC continues to make stupid decisions.

Read the press release after the jump.


Dueling Contestants to Be Judged by In-Studio Panel; Before Hearing Their Fate, Singers Must Decide to Negotiate a Cash Prize and Step Out of the Competition or Continue the Game

Series Comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”)

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 29, 2012 – NBC has green-lighted “The Winner Is,” a new vocal game show that showcases talented singers of all ages – soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals – all of whom will compete in head-to-head singing duels.

The contestants will be judged by a special in-studio panel led by one celebrity judge (to be announced) as they compete for an ultimate cash prize of $1 million. In a unique twist, they will have the chance to negotiate a deal with their opponent. Before hearing their fate the contestants can choose to step out of the competition in exchange for a predetermined cash prize or continue on in the game.

The show comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”). John de Mol is the executive producer.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC.

“We are thrilled to be working with John de Mol, the creator and one of the producers of ‘The Voice,’ on this original singing game show that will feature a broad range of talent, dueling performers and the surprise of in-the-moment negotiations and decisions,” said Telegdy. “Talented singers and the show’s surprising competitive twist, with the possibility of negotiating a deal to step out of the game, will have viewers engaged and entertained.”

The show’s competing singers will be given the chance to become rich in record time. After each singing duel, both opposing performances will be judged. The contestants will then have the option of making a deal. If they have doubts about how they have measured up against their opponent, they can leave the show — in exchange for the instant cash that round is worth. But if they’re confident they performed better than their opponent, they can await the jury results to see if they’ve made it to the next round and a step closer to the $1 million in ultimate prize money.

Singing contestants need to be confident of their own talent but shouldn’t underestimate their opponents. There’s a lot at stake: the amount of money each duel is worth increases with every round, right up until the finale.

In the finale, eight singers will duel and negotiate. They continue to compete until just two amazing singing contestants remain. Then the two finalists must make a crucial decision. After their performance, they each get the chance to walk away with $100,000 — or they can risk losing that huge amount of cash by awaiting the jury vote and the votes from the viewers for the chance to win the $1 million prize.

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  • http://twitter.com/meuirmao David

    Are you freaking kidding me??

  • koshka

    Luzy… haven’t used this term in a long time. Rather over used and old, sort of like singing competition copycats.

  • Anonymous

    Deal or no deal-ish?  ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh  stick forks in my eyes now!

  • http://twitter.com/1outside Maj

    my exact reaction.

  • jake santos

    Any true artist who considers joining such a stupid show is simply desperate and pathetic.   I think this show is the ultimate singing competition for karaoke singers.  

  • http://twitter.com/newbornstarr Wally.
  • Anonymous

    They just should have stuck with The Sing Off

  • Anonymous

    Oh boy…

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you MJ.  I am afraid this is the beginning of the demise of all the singing competition shows.  It is hard enough for the AI contestants to be taken seriously for their talent now.  This might make it much more difficult for them to be respected in the music industry.  Sad!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue


  • Anonymous

    Enough already!

  • Anonymous

    This is the first one that calls itself a Game Show.  Americans love money… I can feel the excitement and can see it being successful….sorry.

  • Anonymous

    UGH. I think NBC is purposely trying to kill the format so it doesn’t have to compete with Idol/X-Factor, even if it means sacrificing The Voice in the process.
    I just wish networks should stop being so damn lazy with what they green light.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’ve had it up to my neck with competition shows of any sort. Time to put on your thinking caps, networks. Start coming up with some original new shows, please. :-/

  • Anonymous

    This is the first time I really felt that maybe Idol should call it a day.  These shows are eating one another up.  The one–the Sing Off– that is outstanding gets canceled while they come up with multiple new ones and desperately try to retool old ones. Duets makes no sense to me. I cannot stand Xfactor or Americas got talent or the Voice. This sounds like the worst of the bunch.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if it’s good or bad that they are stating up front that this is a game show.  Maybe people will see that it is on a similar level as America’s Got Talent. If they showcase it as a game show, like those shows where people had to finish the next line in a song, then maybe it won’t be too bad, or hurt the other singing talent shows that are on the air.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    There’re more singing competitions than singers these days. If u can’t be selected in any of these shows u must really really suck.

  • Anonymous

    Because if there is anything the networks need now is another singing show.  >.>

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    One question: Why?

  • Anonymous

    OMG! Really? hahahahaha!

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realize today was April 1.

  • Anonymous

    Summertime television is so bad it would be much like a mercy killing if they just shut it down altogether.

  • Anonymous

    It would be fun if they limit the contestants to people we already know who didn’t find success on other singing shows.  It would be fun to see people come back and have a chance at something again…

  • http://twitter.com/JonKills Jon Glass

    I won’t be watching. We didn’t even need the Voice. All we need is Idol and X Factor.

  • Anonymous

    Oh god no.  Just over saturation to the nth degree!  

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    So not only is it stupid, it’s not even original stupidity.

    NBC was once a major network, now they are just a major fail.

  • Anonymous

    Nope. bad bad bad idea. not even going to bother with this one. I could only personally stomach idol and xfactor. i’m giving duets a chance only because of kelly, but if it doesn’t hold my interest or there is somebody i don’t like, i’m axing it out of my schedule.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Oh, I forgot that the dumped ‘The Sing Off’. I just don’t get it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QPQ3BY4QAQ2WBIG3EP4JBX2LHY SamC

    wow….seriously american idol is the best of the singing shows they show just have that and nbc can just give up on the fact that they wont be successful. Because of all these other singing shows, american idol contestants arent taken seriously and it is a shame because there are some really amazing ones

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I am not really interested in “Duets” and I won’t be watching “America’s Got Talent” until it gets to good acts only.  The last thing I would want to see is another singing competition.  I like the whole process with American Idol in that you get to know the contestants.

  • Anonymous

    Forget it. Not watching at all.   NBC is nuts.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I wish networks just do reruns of fall/spring primetime shows. I mean, with school and work, not everyone has time to watch primetime TV. People can get a chance to catch that Desperte Housewives finale if they missed it the first time, and the streaming feed is too awful to watch it on the net. 

    Anything, ANYTHING but another stupid singing show. God…

  • Guest

    Well we don’t have the Sing Off anymore at least.

    But yeah, sounds dumb.

  • Anonymous

    No. Just, no.

  • http://twitter.com/bignliddle BigNLiddle

    Sounds like this one is more about the money than singing.

  • Anonymous

    I thought last summer I would be able to catch up on missed shows, especially for those special nights (Sundays) where they cram all of the best in one night.  They didn’t run them.  If you don’t like singing, there are always the bug eating ones, or the dumb contests.  For me, it is books and Netflix.  A lot of Netflix. And public television.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Ditto with the make it stop and I think they have gone off the deep end with this idea.  The show won’t last.

  • Chris

    Horrible idea. Count me out. I don’t watch the Voice, AGT, or Duets. Idol is enough.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about this show.  If it’s fantastic, someone let me know.

  • Karen C

    This isn’t good because I think the contestants from the singing shows, at least from Idol, were beginning to be taken seriously but this might hurt this.

  • http://twitter.com/youtweetmetoo it’s me

    sounds better than ‘Duets’

  • Axxxel

    What about the kids ? Will they be accompanied by an adult during the negotiations ? Which is not fair to the adult participants… so all the participants should be at least accompanied by someone else, an adult of their choice.

    One day there will be just too many song competitions and there will be a new type of TV show coming up…  Maybe a “speech and debate reality show” as suggested by Amber Riley (Mercedes) in one of the Glee cast interviews ?

    I like the idea of the “Glee Project”… recruiting actors through a reality show, even though it does not really pay enough attention to the “acting” part.

    Or maybe the existing shows should reinvent themselves again…American Idol should allow the top 3 to sing a song they (co)wrote themselves….

  • Reflects On Life

    Well, nothing to cover here. This is more a Game show than a Singing Talent show.  One would tune in for the game show aspect, with the added bonus of possibly some good singing.  Actually, I think launching this show makes more sense than some others (Voice, XF) just because it is so significantly different from AI.  I imagine this show would have a lot of trainwreck shower singers ala AI auditions.  And somehow it reminds me more of Karaoke Battle than of AI/XF/Voice.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    The bad part is that NBC canceled one of their good shows, “The Sing-Off” which did have a fan base.  They had some really good judges and great singing.  This just doesn’t make sense.

  • Anonymous

    “Oh, I forgot that the dumped ‘The Sing Off’. I just don’t get it.”

    Here’s all i get: 
    Excellent, high-quality singing show that’s actually about, you know, singing — few benjamins

    Crappy, stupid joke of a singing show that’s mostly about laughing at people and MONEYMONEYMONEY– expectation of more benjamins.

    Whether this says more about NBC’s stupidity or more about the stupidity of us the tv-watching audience, I’m not sure. I hope they lose lots of money on it.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    They dumped The Sing-Off and think this is a good idea? They really should give it up.

    MJ, covering drivel like this would only damage your brand! Glad you aren’t going to do it. Just because you started with Idol, doesn’t mean you have to cover everything these idiots dream up.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R37UM43PITK7QU5SHTDWSU7SNA emme

    I have an idea….just don’t watch.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Shoot me now.

    It is official. Singing competitions have joined crime procedurals as the most overexposed cliche TV show type ever. It used to be competition reality shows in general, but now the singing niche has totally become its own out of control monster.

  • Anonymous

    I would like to point out that NBC is also the network that decided to add to its summer programming American Ninja Warrior, which you could otherwise see on G4, which was at least at one point the least-watched basic cable network.  Apparently they are so desperate that 2.4 and #1 in adult male viewers is enough to justify second-run programming.

    So maybe they think we are that stupid.

  • Anonymous

    So NBC gets rid of the best singing show on TV (I’m sure you all know what I’m referring to) and adds more crap? Okay..

  • Anonymous

    eww just no.  Idol will always be my number on.  I like x factor because its more mainstream, but the voice is seriously a joke.  and this looks STUPID