TEN cancels Don’t Stop Believing

By David Knox on November 12, 2010 / Filed Under News 62

EXCLUSIVE: Network TEN has pulled the pin on Don’t Stop Believing, its all-singing, all-dancing spectacular that was due to launch in 2011.

The Glee-inspired production was originally planned to kick off the ratings year for TEN, but was recently pushed back by several months amid network uncertainty.

TEN has since decided not to proceed at all, despite a lavish production number staged before sponsors at its 2011 launch in Sydney and Melbourne.

The cancellation of the Shine-produced series follows its failure in the UK, hosted by Emma Bunton.

TEN has also been watching the performance of The X Factor, which is belatedly beginning to pick up steam. But the money paid for the show has not met market expectations. While TEN is working in a changing environment under shareholders Jamie Packer and Lachlan Murdoch, it is determined to start the year off from a strong position.

Don’t Stop Believing brought together vocal groups of varying sizes and ages in a live performance designed to capitalise on the success of shows such as Glee, High School Musical and Hairspray. It was also including a resident troupe of singers and dancers. Without Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Don’t Stop Believing, TEN is now without a local performance show in the musical genre.

TEN commissioned the production before the UK series began, where it fell victim to falling ratings after being moved from its timeslot due to sporting commitments by Five.

David Mott, Chief Programming Officer had previously said of the show, “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.”

TV Tonight, which broke the news on the series being commissioned in July, understands auditions for vocal acts was advanced but no performers had yet been attached to the series.


  1. Ace December 15, 2010 at 5:56 pm -

    I didn’t watch x factor at all, it just looked like an Idol rip- off and watching other ppls talents in Only singing and dancing is becoming ZZZzzzzz! Over it! .It’s time for some comepletely New talents to be showcased.. Like amateur Comedians and their quest to become good, a new type of big brother (some of us actually enjoyed that show- but some ppl stop watching only cos its such a full on commitment to watch more than 5 half shour shows a week). Or yeah, we are really overdue for another tonight type show/ a sketch comedy thats as funny as fast forward (get that dude who plays chopper and some other good comedians together) or a sitcom that appeals to all Aus (not just bogans.. like maybe more about modern aus life in the city and suburbs).. Ok thats all for todays ideas lol

  2. mandi November 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm -

    Well…what will chanel 10 make of the X Factor now?. The viewing figures must be masive, I know we all tuned in. A second show must run and be even bigger next year.

    Will chanel 10 now think about putting on a musical, entertainment show? Bring back So You Think You Can Dance or put on Don’t Stop Believing, people are not sick of seeing these kind of shows if they are done right, just sick of sob stories and hard luck stories. We want true entertainment and I think with Altiyan, a star is born.

    Still think Shine and Ten can do an all round better job of entertainment, they need to get back to the executive rooms, around the tables and get in to talks. Just my opinion ;-)

  3. David Knox November 18, 2010 at 12:23 am -

    Yep noted the sports programming in the story.

  4. mandi November 18, 2010 at 12:15 am -


    Also, DSB was put on Chanel 5 in the Uk and at 8pm. Then moved to 5-45pm because of sports commitments so it was bound to lose viewers. The “Super Group” had a total of 30 members, far too many to be able to enjoy any performance and they were not all that strong in vocals either. I know Australia can do so much better.

    Chanel 10 really does need to have a rethink as to what their entertainment will be for next year. Sick of watching Biggest Loser and Master Chef. Just my opinion ;-)

  5. David Knox November 18, 2010 at 12:13 am -

    TEN and Shine would have delivered a far better show than the UK because they have more experience in big events than Five. But they have sensed audience fatigue in the genre and there is considerable uncertainty within the network right now. Those factors combined have spelled the death knell for DSB.

  6. mandi November 18, 2010 at 12:07 am -

    Yeh, your right David. I know it has been cancelled. My post was wanting them to get it right by putting it back on the viewing plan for 2011 and making all the changes needed to make the show a hit. The UK could not have got it more wrong. Glee is Not as big in the UK as it is here so that should tell chanel 10 something.

  7. David Knox November 17, 2010 at 12:45 am -

    But the show has been cancelled. How can they get it right if it isn’t going ahead?

  8. mandi November 17, 2010 at 12:26 am -

    Mary Rose,

    I couldn’t agree with you more, your post was so well said about the show. You sound like you have done your homework and understand what the show is/was all about. Too many people have not even heard of it in Adelaide where we are from. Lets hope they do get it right and put on a spectacular show for young performers.xx

  9. Mary Rose November 16, 2010 at 1:52 pm -

    Don’t Stop Believing will be a great hit because it follows a different format to SYTYCD, where a sob story was the most important qualifier, and X-factor and Idol where the talent was thin on the ground and one particular judge was unwatchable.
    Australians want to see talent without tears, so hopefully not many members of the competing groups will get a chance to talk.
    Also, there is a supergroup of professionals – we would love to see them!!
    Wake up James and Lachlan – this show is a sure hit! Just as we love Glee, we will love this show.

  10. reesie November 15, 2010 at 4:06 pm -

    bring back Idol.

    in 1-2 years the somehow steam from the X Factor will die off just like every other reality show. after a year off i think Idol can definitely bring the same ratings as X factor has for sure.

  11. dancecab November 15, 2010 at 3:41 am -

    I think they should bring back SYTYCD. And move it back to the old Sunday/Monday timeslot.

  12. mandi November 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm -

    Hmmm, well looking at the uk version I can totally see why this was cancelled. Most of the UK don’t even watch or haven’t even heard of Glee. However, if 10 thought the same way about Master Chef, we wouldn’t have that to enjoy now would we? I personally was looking forward to seeing this show as 10 were going to make it more spectacular and I do believe them.

    I think the group auditions were handled all wrong. They should have held them in the cities like they did for So You Think You Can Dance and watched them perform in the flesh. When recording voices and performances with bad sounding and lighting, you can’t get the true standard, in my opinion anway. I personally don’t think it has been advertised enough as many people I speak to have never even heard of it. Well, we live in hope that 10 will give us some sort of entertainment show.

  13. franz chong November 13, 2010 at 4:12 pm -

    Ten has been playing musical chairs with 7:30pm Sundays since the Comedy Company ended late 1990 start of 1991.It is time for something new other than a Cooking Show with a Certain Ralph Magazine W*nker of the Year who most of us find repulsive

  14. Matt November 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm -

    totally agree, bring back Big Brother but with Rove and Pipa Black hosting!

  15. Metalbrick1 November 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm -

    Meh.. Ten can’t commit to this? oh well it sounded boring anyways.

  16. francis November 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm -

    channel 10 should invest in a new australian sitcom.

    we can do it. look at Mother and Son, Kingswood Country, Kath and Kim, The Hollowemen.

    Come on!! We have some of the greatest comedic minds in this country yet we can’t come up with a comedy sitcom.

    We are left we lame pannel game shows and reality shows about building or finding love.

    Come on 10. This is the right time to do it. But no one from ch 10 will read my comment or do anything about it.

  17. John November 13, 2010 at 1:14 am -

    Yes. Just bring back Big Brother. Better than all these Musical/Dance shows.

  18. BenG November 12, 2010 at 6:40 pm -

    Bring back Big Brother!!!!!!

  19. Mr. chandler November 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm -

    @rob. keep believing that. it might actually come true

  20. Rob November 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm -

    @ automated script: And you like pointing it out twice daily for 5 months.
    You’ll have to ramp it up if/when X Factor is renewed! :D

  21. Gronk November 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm -

    Nothing like a story about a talent show to bring the pitchforks and torches out!!!
    Follow me to the castle!

  22. Mr. chandler November 12, 2010 at 5:22 pm -

    @Automated script…or disgruntled auditionee are my best guesses

    see i know i can’t sing and i am not a bogan trying to get on tv like most of those people were. i just like pointing out how much of a joke this show is. the end of idol proved these shows are dead and burried

  23. Daniel November 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm -

    Saw it coming. Just do stop beliving in TEN. My guess is talent quests are a dying breed. No?

  24. PT Ryan November 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm -

    More than anything else, I’d just love to see Ten do a reality show where contestants don’t burst into tears at the drop of a hat. Lord, even the American reality shows don’t lay on the syrup like Ten’s do!

  25. Rob November 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm -

    Mr chandler: I’m not debating that X Factor hasn’t performed to a level the network probably hoped.
    I’m debating your need to post about it every time the show mentioned in a thread.

    Automated script…or disgruntled auditionee are my best guesses ;-)

  26. mac November 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm -

    i guess ten did stop believing!

  27. rod November 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm -

    Shine would be pretty frustrated

  28. Todd November 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm -

    @Rob: agree 100% mate.

  29. Steven November 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm -

    Good Call

  30. Mr. chandler November 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm -

    @rob. the ratings every week will tell you x factor has been well and truely below par. thank you please come again. 7 would have been expect 1.5 million for every show. that’s the truth of the matter

  31. Rob November 12, 2010 at 1:12 pm -

    I have come suspect that Mr chandler is actually an automated Javascript designed to reply to any thread featuring the term “X Factor” with a random combination of words like flop, disaster, ratings, bomb dismal, talent etc

  32. Shelley November 12, 2010 at 1:03 pm -

    The right decision – to go ahead with this one would have been a disaster.

    @ Craig – you crack me up!

  33. Peter November 12, 2010 at 1:02 pm -

    i dont think xfactor has been that much of a flop. its definetly just been affected by going up against JMC. Weeks where there was no JMC it did alright, and it started off ok in the audition episodes. I think maybe bring it back next year with different competition (a different night/time of year) and it will do quite well

  34. Mason Hell-Cat November 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm -

    Hey Channel 10, now that you have a few spare $’s up the sleeve why not invest in a new sitcom or *good* skit show? Im sure the likes of Tony Martin and Shaun Micallef would have something to push. Mouse Patrol perhaps?

  35. DAN November 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm -

    looks like they stopped beliving i feel a bit sorry for the people who tried out for it

    this would be my dream reality schedule for ten in 2011

    january to april
    the biggest looser

    may to august

    september to decomber
    big brother

    ok i will stop dreaming now

  36. John Jackson November 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm -

    Yeah, I was really wondering if 10 was going to continue with this after it got cancelled in the UK. It really didn’t look all that appealing from the small bits I had seen of the UK show, although they could have changed it somewhat for Australia. That and I had wondered how they would get all the groups required just to turn up for auditions?

    Oh well.. if groups still want to audition for something they can try for X Factor (assuming it is returning), as they have a groups category.

    Although if it was a choice of this or The Biggest Loser, I’d much prefer this! At least it is an entertainment show.

  37. Bella November 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm -

    @alex I think you’re right. I remember keep seeing ads for people to audition and then they said they had extended the date you can apply.

    I’m not really fussed about this. I kind of think that these shows have been exhausted.

    I don’t think TEN needs to worry. They have Masterchef and guessing by how popular Junior Masterchef is they’ll probably bring that back for the second half of 2011.

  38. Mr. chandler November 12, 2010 at 12:28 pm -

    i don’t think 10 will have to worry about x factor. it’s been a flop and if it goes on next year. it will be a disaster in the ratings

  39. Matt November 12, 2010 at 11:58 am -

    I think Ten have made the right decision here, they need to start the year afresh new management etc.

  40. alex November 12, 2010 at 11:53 am -

    i think they canceled it coz of lack of auditionees

  41. CrAig November 12, 2010 at 10:53 am -

    Ummm Neilo…. 7 is the Music Talent Network??? In the 16-39 demo… you probably need to check your facts mate.

    X Factor is beaten weekly in the 16-39 demo by a certain cooking show

    and…. AGT is only popular with the blue rinse crowd

    The best thing 7 have done with the 16-39 crowd is Beauty and the Geek, which rimped it home last night. Perhaps you should be harping on about that.

  42. john b November 12, 2010 at 10:35 am -

    @ James H. I guess your mate was the final nail in the coffin then. Just jokes.
    Yeah this is a good decision by Ten, it was not looking very promising at all.

  43. steve November 12, 2010 at 10:24 am -

    Ha! It was only yesterday i posted a comment on why it was suss TEN were still airing promos for the show.

    Why don’t TEN just learn from the mistake and bring back So You Think You Can Dance and put it Back on Sunday night.

  44. Neilo November 12, 2010 at 9:55 am -

    7 has now beome the music talent network, This would explain their rise in 16-39 demographic ratings over 10.

  45. PT Ryan November 12, 2010 at 9:53 am -

    Meh, one less “talent” show full of covers and mediocre performers destined for a future of Morning Melodies at RSL clubs. Next!

  46. Daniel G November 12, 2010 at 9:45 am -

    Personally, I’m pleased that Ten pulled this, rather than next year’s expanded News offerings.

  47. rod November 12, 2010 at 9:40 am -

    Okay with the decision as long as it’s replaced with something new and interesting… please don’t pepper us with repeat of Rules of Engagement or other crappy US sitcomes.

  48. Jerome November 12, 2010 at 9:29 am -

    good move, but what took them so long? audition calls were airing as late as wednesday.

    when they said biggest loser is still running 4 nights eyebrows had to be raised, TBYG is also retuning and there are only so many dys in a week. the only thing is: can TBL do any better.

  49. AJ November 12, 2010 at 9:01 am -

    I don’t watch any of the reality “talent” shows, but I would have tuned into this simply because of its similarity to Glee.

    But just because it was similar to Glee is no guarantee that it would have been as good as some of the better Glee music numbers and we may have all been saved another entrant in the most shameful Australian reality TV series awards.

  50. Kuttsywood November 12, 2010 at 8:39 am -

    I guess they were also looking at Five’s experience with this show…

    But what to replace it with?

  51. far2busy November 12, 2010 at 8:38 am -

    The UK version was incredibly bad. Correct decision channel 10!

  52. JB November 12, 2010 at 8:28 am -

    Probably a good call. They must not have had a good response to auditions. I think it would have bombed anyway.

  53. James H November 12, 2010 at 8:17 am -

    Wow… One of my mates had his audition on only Tuesday this week…

  54. Dave P November 12, 2010 at 8:07 am -

    This is sad news. I hope the Packer influence doesn’t mean an end to Ten making big new shows… They better not turn into boring old channel 9.

  55. john November 12, 2010 at 8:05 am -

    Very wise i feel.Time for the makeover shows to come back,which they obviously have more faith in with The Renovators.The Block has had a reasonable return.

  56. Woody November 12, 2010 at 8:00 am -

    “Without Australian Idol, So You Think You Can Dance and Don’t Stop Believing, TEN is now without a local performance show in the musical genre.”
    Bring back YTT

  57. dave November 12, 2010 at 7:52 am -

    Normally i would not join in the negative nelly brigade on this, but am thankful that it will not proceed. It just smelled of try hard and derivative programming. But, it also points to the owners flexing muscle in a way that may yield further change.

  58. Jason D. November 12, 2010 at 7:49 am -

    You can stop believing now! :P

  59. J Bar November 12, 2010 at 7:38 am -

    A smart move, I think.

  60. Craig November 12, 2010 at 7:15 am -

    Guess they stopped believing LOL

  61. southpatt November 12, 2010 at 6:39 am -

    The Uk Clips Davd has posted here make it look like like a lame new faces type of show. Not compelling viewing i feel.

  62. Russell November 12, 2010 at 5:26 am -

    In light of the UK ratings for this show and the Oz ratings for Seven’s X Factor – I think this was the right move by Ten

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