As revealed exclusively by TV Tonight, TEN has formally announced Don’t Stop Believing this week as its new entertainment format for 2011.
To be produced by Shine Australia, it combines singing and dancing with people of “all ages” (presumably there is a minimum age) who will compete in weekly heats. The music will include stage, screen and pop music from Lady GaGa to Madonna, from The Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas, High School Musical and Hairspray.
Each heat will produce a winning group that will progress to the finals and ultimately battle it out to be crowned the series champions.
The show promises “Dazzling musical arrangements, a multi platform stage, a state of the art lighting rig, professional vocal coaches and the most innovative, creative minds working in pop, TV, film and musical theatre will all combine to create killer, must-see performances.”
TEN adds, “The jewel in the Don’t Stop Believing crown will be the resident ‘Don’t Stop Believing Super Group’ made up of 12 of Australia’s hottest young professional singers and dancers who will lead the show each week with performances that will inspire and amaze audiences at home. This Super Group will be like nothing we have ever seen before on Australian television and a pre show launch will secure them as household names even before the first performance show airs.”
David Mott, Chief Programming Officer said: “Don’t Stop Believing is a joyous format and a perfect fit for the big entertainment, feel good direction TEN has been heading for the last few years.
“We have had incredible success in identifying and airing excellent high impact performance shows and this is
bigger and better than any we have ever undertaken.
“Australians have proven time and again that we are an extremely talented country in so many areas, and we
expect to discover musical groups and individuals who have come from the most surprising places.”
Audition information will be posted at www.ten.com.au/dontstopbelieving
The UK original series (pictured) inspired by Glee, is to be hosted by Emma Bunton and about to launch on FIVE.