American Idol producers, Core Media and singer, John Legend, are producing a docu-series inspired by the movie Pitch Perfect. The one-hour 8 episode series is titled Sing it On and follows top collegiate teams as they compete to win the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.
John brings personal experience to the project. The singer performed and competed with an a cappella group at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Sing It On will debut on POP (formerly the TV Guide Channel) on Wednesday May 13. Check out the full press release below.
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SING IT ON, a docu-reality television series inspired by the blockbuster movie “Pitch Perfect” and produced by CORE Media Group, the co-producers of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” and John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co. will premiere on Pop on Wednesday, May 13 at a special time, 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. SING IT ON will find its regular time slot with new episodes airing every week on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT starting on May 20.
Academy Award® winner and nine-time Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, who performed in an a cappella group at his alma mater University of Pennsylvania, will serve as executive producer of SING IT ON along with his production partners at Get Lifted Film Co., Ty Stiklorius and Mike Jackson. During his college years, Legend directed the UPenn Counterparts, which made it to the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA) Finals at Carnegie Hall in 1997, and that same year, he was named Best Soloist in the quarter finals.
“I had so much fun singing a cappella in college. The music, the friendships, the competitions were all a huge part of my college experience. We’re excited to be a part of a show that documents the real ups and downs of this interesting world that many know nothing about. It’s going to be an interesting journey, and I look forward to being a part of it,” said Legend.
Featuring eight one-hour episodes, SING IT ON captures the real life stories, high stakes and personal triumphs of the country’s top collegiate a cappella teams as they compete to win the ICCA. Cameras capture the behind-the-scenes journey of five top-ranked a cappella teams (listed alphabetically)—AcaBelles (Florida State University), All Night Yahtzee (Florida State University), No Comment (University of Illinois), Nor’easters (Northeastern University), and Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University)—as they battle it out to earn a spot at and win the ICCA Finals.
“Collegiate a cappella has never been more relevant in fan culture with a sold-out ICCA finals in New York City in April and the second ‘Pitch Perfect’ movie arriving in theaters in May,” said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President and Head of Original Programming and Development, Pop. “SING IT ON will capture all of the fan excitement, heart and incredible talent in an aca-amazing series that viewers will love.”
Five teams representing three colleges are highlighted in the series (listed alphabetically):
AcaBelles (Florida State University): The Belles are the on-campus rivals to co-ed All Night Yahtzee. Soaring high from the success of their viral cover of Lorde’s “Royals” this year (8.4 million views and counting), this all-female group still has plenty to prove in the fiercely competitive world of collegiate a cappella. They might have to fight for the respect they deserve within their own FSU community, but these ladies are planning to take the ICCA’s by storm.
All Night Yahtzee (Florida State University): This coed group lives up to its name – they like to have fun. Some of the prerequisites to join the group are talent and looks and not always in that order. They have made it to the ICCA Finals in the past, but last year were ousted in the first round. They’re determined to make a comeback, but their on-campus rivals the AcaBelles are not going to make it easy for them.
No Comment (University of Illinois): Midwestern favorites No Comment are a tight-knit group of friends on and off the stage. They made it to the 2013 ICCA Finals but, with an unfortunate turn of events, last year, they hit a low note, literally, and were eliminated early in the competition. They chalked their loss up to poor leadership and fired their musical director. With fresh blood in place, they’re hoping to make a comeback.
Nor’easters (Northeastern University): Coming off of their 2013 ICCA Finals Championship and whirlwind year of touring, the Nor’easters are ready to claim the Championship title once again. Only thing is, half the winning team has graduated, leaving a large group of newbies to take their space. Additionally, Nor’easters have to face unexpected adversity while in the spotlight. Will they be able to reclaim their victory?
Pitch, Please! (Northeastern University): One of the newest contenders on the ICCA scene, this all-female a cappella group is out to prove that their signature gold heels and talent can take them all the way. On the same campus as the championship-winning Nor’easters, these girls have always been in the shadow of their rivals. Do they have what it takes to steal the spotlight?
SING IT ON is produced by CORE Media Group, with Jennifer O’Connell, Teri Wagner Flynn, and Kallissa Miller serving as Executive Producers. Jenny Ramirez, Amanda Newman, and J McMahon serve as Co-Executive Producers. John Legend, Ty Stiklorius and Mike Jackson of Get Lifted Film Co. also serve as Executive Producers.