Scoop: NBC Launching New Reality Singing Competition, The Winner Is…

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NBC has greenlit a reality singing competition where the losers will potentially get more than a tearful exit performance as a consolation prize.

The Winner Is, from the producers of The Voice, will feature contestants of all ages being judged by an in-studio panel (led by a yet-to-be-determined celebrity) and fighting for a $1 million prize. The show’s big twist is that it will focus on head-to-head battles, and before the results are revealed, singers will be able to negotiate deals with their opponents, choosing to exit the show in exchange for a predetermined cash prize or continue on in the game. The amount of money each duel is worth will increase with every round, right up until the finale.

In the finale, eight acts will duel and negotiate. After their performances, each contestant will have the chance to walk away with $100,000 — or they can leave it on the table and await the jury vote and votes from viewers, giving them a shot at the $1 million prize.

According to NBC, The Winner Is will feature soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals.

“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 Paul Telegdy, NBC’s President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, in a release.

Comments (65)


    Comment by Tricia – May 29, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • WORD.

      Comment by Juliet – May 29, 2012 12:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I love singing shows as much as the next person, but SERIOUSLY STOP IT. Ugh. It just kills the entire freakin’ format.

        Comment by Jeremy Gable – May 29, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Agreed! Too many singing contests out there!

          Comment by greysfan – May 30, 2012 03:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Don’t worry. NBC never gets anything right and they will cancel this after 3 shows tops.

            Comment by Templar – May 30, 2012 04:05 PM PDT  
  • Oh sweet lord not another one….

    I’m only tolerating Duets right now because of Kelly Clarkson…


    Comment by Sasha – May 29, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dear NBC, ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR #$%^@&$ MIND!!!!!

    Comment by Jason Breslin – May 29, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At least it’s something different. Not entirely sure how that’ll work, but I’m willing to give it a shot.
    Would have rather seen The Sing-Off renewed though :((

    Comment by Taylor – May 29, 2012 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d much rather have the Sing-Off back then this crap. How about we celebrate good music not wanna be reality tv stars, ugh.

    Comment by JTR – May 29, 2012 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I feel the exact same way…I’d rather watch the Sing – Off! It was truly unique because it was celebrating acapella groups.

      Comment by Robin – May 29, 2012 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do we REALLY need another reality TV singing competition? If you do–BRING BACK THE SING OFF! At least they’re using their own voices and talents. This seems too much like “Lets Make a Deal”.

    Comment by AK – May 29, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This will just contribute to NBC running The Voice into the ground. They certainly aren’t concerned about the longevity of The Voice. They’re milking this cash cow/genre as fast as they can.

    Comment by Rolfe – May 29, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously! NBC should be happy with The Voice airing once a year from January to May, but instead they’re adding a Fall cycle and now this new show (which sounds very confusing). Enough already. Too much dilution of the singing competition genre!

      Comment by dan – May 29, 2012 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They are desperate for ratings, The Voice is one of the few shows keeping them afloat so I guess they figured they’ll try to cash in on another one.

        Comment by Kristina – May 29, 2012 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is just dumb. Sounds confusing- and pointless. It won’t be about talent- it’ll be about money.

    Comment by Justin – May 29, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What?! Stop it, networks! We have enough!

    Comment by brandy – May 29, 2012 12:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or if you must have another singing show, at least bring back The Sing Off.

      Comment by brandy – May 29, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Obviously America doesn’t have enough since each of these shows is winning their time slots as they come and go.

        Comment by Tyriq – May 29, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • *Rolls eyes*
    Seriously? Idol came first, I can take the US X-Factor because the british version is amazing and The Voice is good when you get past the annoying judges (my opinion), but do we really need another singing competition?
    Duets sucked and was a waste of the judges’ talent… I doubt this will be good.

    Comment by Joan – May 29, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Tara J. – May 29, 2012 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO too..not another one..

      Comment by Rita – May 29, 2012 10:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • eeewwww.

    Comment by noa – May 29, 2012 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They cancel The Sing Off just to bring us garbage like this? Ugh. I’d rather see talented a capella artists than watching people negotiate their own exits.

    Comment by Laura M – May 29, 2012 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh Lord. Please not another show that’ll keep the hubby glued to the couch and singing at the top of his lungs in the shower… because that’s not something I particularly like to hear. Or anyone likes to hear, for that matter. (Shhh… Don’t tell him I said that…)

    Comment by Chrys – May 29, 2012 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Right, so they cancel Awake and are putting off Smash until 2013 but are airing this! Whatever NBC

    Comment by sarah – May 29, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Touche’. What a bunch of morons! And message to those considering watching: you’ll just get more of the same crap until you quit watching these terrible “reality” shows.

      Comment by Linderella – May 29, 2012 01:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh my God…it will never end.

    Comment by Josh – May 29, 2012 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • honestly the only one I keep watching is Idol, even though the voice and duets have better judges. I’m loyal to Idol. I’ve watched the first seasons of X factor and the voice but couldn’t keep my interest. Likewise with duets (even though I love me some kelly clarkson). They need to stop with all these singing shows the only winners are the judges who seem to get a bump in their sales. The contestants don’t get anywhere (except for Idol)

    Comment by leigha – May 29, 2012 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually advertisers are winners, and producers, and any talent that gets a few million views on national tv (and international exposure via reposts on youtube and news shows). It’s a win-win for all involved.

      Comment by Tyriq – May 29, 2012 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about this: Let’s make it NON-NEGOTIABLE that you bring back THE SING-OFF instead of this crap!

    Comment by Russki – May 29, 2012 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree 100% I don’t watch American idol and the voice…But I loved the sing off. Bring it back

      Comment by Mary – May 29, 2012 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bad move… I’m from Holland where it premierd last TV season.. and sunk faster than the Titanic. It failed misserably in Germany as well… Enjoy while it lasts

    Comment by Frank – May 29, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC is determined to kill American Idol. I miss the good old days of NBC.

    Comment by Sowsyalite (@Sowsyalite) – May 29, 2012 01:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There’s only one reason they’re doing this. They’re after a quick buck. Reality shows are cheaper to produce than a scripted show. Even if this fails (which it will) it won’t be a huge loss to NBC versus pouring money into a scripted show to axe it. More people tend to watch reality shows live as opposed to recorded. I mean let’s face it you don’t see a repeat of The Voice or American Idol compared to your scripted shows where they will air repeats when the show is on a break. This is both a smart/poor decision on their behalf. Smart because it’s cheap and there will be people who will check it out. This will give them the ratings. And even if it fails it’s a loss yes, but not as large of one as it could be. It’s a bad decision because let’s face it. There’s too much singing competitions on. They just canceled The Sing Off and gave The Voice a fall and spring cycle. There’s only so much more the audience can take before they just say no.

    Comment by Esaul – May 29, 2012 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, that’s why we watch singing competitions – to follow the negotiations of amateurs.

    This show could actually break the record of “The One” in terms of fastest cancellation of a TV singing competition.

    Comment by Rock Golf – May 29, 2012 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Karen O – May 29, 2012 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dear network execs, if you’re gonna do a reality singing competition, then ACTUALLY DO A FREAKING REALITY SINGING COMPETITION!!! Make it a mash-up of key elements of ‘The Voice’, ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ & ‘The Hunger Games’!!! Now THAT’S a reality singing competition show I’d tune in to see! Lip sync (or actually SING) for your life! LITERALLY!!! All while wearing fabulous home sewn costumes and performing self-made choreography on a stage rigged with life impairing booby-traps to self-important judges who may (or may not) turn around to give a crap – or not! Now throw in some God awful beasts to chase and rip the contestants apart, while they perform, AND WE’VE GOT A SHOW! \o/ Network execs, you’re welcome! :)

    Comment by Beauty – May 29, 2012 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • omg that sounds awesome. I’d totally watch a Drag Race/THG/The Voice hybrid show.

      Comment by mia – May 29, 2012 09:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds beyond stupid…enough with the singing competitions already!! NBC just keeps throwing crap at viewers trying to see what will stick.

    Comment by JB – May 29, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Winner is… is a show solely based on the weakest part of The Voice; the battle rounds. The aded an certain amount of money, with the thought that ‘simple’ tv watching people find that exiting. The ratings in The Netherlands and Germany show otherwise. To say that the show underperformed would still be a to kind.
    The Voice of Holland on the other hand is the most watched singing competition in The Netherlands.

    To illustrate the amount of viewers for singing competitions in The Netherlands
    (in the Netherlands the viewers are more important than the ratings ;) ):

    The Voice of Holland season finale 2011: 3,7 million viewers (this is for our standards a lot of people ;) )
    (average: 2,53 million viewers)
    The Voice of Holland season finale 2012: 3,6 million viewers
    (average: 3,03 million viewers)

    This spring we had our first edition with children
    The Voice Kids: 2,8 million viewers
    (average: 2,73 million viewers)

    The Winner Is… 2012
    First episode: 1,1 million viewers
    Second episode: 652.000 viewers
    Final episode: 691.000

    X factor 2007 average:1,52 million viewers
    X factor 2009 average: 1,57 million viewers
    Finale X factor 2010: 2,1 million viewers (average 1,55 million)
    Finale X factor 2011: 1,9 million viewers (average 1,33 million)

    (We have had 4 season of Idols between september 2002 and march 2008 which never reached the 3 million viewers but it did had a little more viewers than the first 2 X factors).

    Comment by W – May 29, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wtf? They cancelled the Sinc Off for this? The sing off was honestly the only reality singing show I enjoyed because it actually featured people with undeniable natural talent, it also didn’t have the obnoxious drama aspect to it. Just passionate judges who gave insightful critiques and humble contestants with amazing talents and voices.

    Comment by Ash – May 29, 2012 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ahh grammatical errors. This is what I get for typing my comment on my iPhone

      Comment by Ash – May 29, 2012 02:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a result of Comcast buying a controlling interest in NBC Universal. They want to charge their Internet customers for data limits. Just wait. You won;t be able to watch Netflix but you’ll be forced to watch NBC. And now…..the networks are suing Dish because the new Hopper skips past the commercials and the nets are mad because they’ll lose money. Well maybe the networks shouldn’t have shaken down every cable and satellite company to pay for FREE Over the Air TV shows. And now some in DC are saying nobody’s watching over the air. Think again, I am.

    Comment by Mike – May 29, 2012 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This just sounds bad.

    Comment by KSM – May 29, 2012 02:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • All ages, duels, and money wars, this is sure to be failure, as it just steals a bit on other existing shows. If this is a hit I will be shocked, even if airs in Summer!

    Comment by davidsask – May 29, 2012 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t watch any of these, but it’s actually somewhat different then what’s on right now. I vote death to all reality TV, but meh.

    Comment by Danielle H – May 29, 2012 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG! NO MORE! There are more singing shows on the air now than there have been singers in the history of recorded music!

    Is it that the Networks can’t hire great writer’s to write great television shows? I’m sure there are plenty of screenwriters and authors out in the world who’d be GLAD to give it a try!

    HEY NBC (and ABC, CBS, FOX, SyFy, etc, etc, etc) have CREATIVITY will WRITE for GREAT T.V.

    Comment by linda mb (@lindamb296) – May 29, 2012 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A smart network would pick up The Sing-Off and run it opposite this … concept. ;-)

    Comment by Beth T – May 29, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, THIS!!!

      Comment by WayDownSouth – May 30, 2012 08:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Steve – May 29, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No. Seriously, no.

    Comment by Kel – May 29, 2012 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hopefully they’ll at least get some decent judges. Perhaps the Sing Off team?

    Comment by smidnite – May 29, 2012 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sweet, let’s incorporate greed and deceit into an already exhausting genre…

    Comment by cjeffery7 – May 29, 2012 07:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • another singing show? I know the US has a huge population, but seriously, there has to be a limit to the pool of actually talented singers right?
    I only watch The Voice…and then only because I like the banter between the judges and I put it on while I do house chores.

    Comment by mia – May 29, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just signed a petition to save the sing-off. Pentatonix actually campaigned on this on their YouTube account. I’d really really rather not have anything at all if there’s no hope for bringing back the sing-off. Everything about that show was just great. Even the judges. *sigh
    This is why I turn to my Korean dramas during these dark ages :/

    Comment by Beth – May 29, 2012 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, NBC, don’t bother fixing the issues you’ve got now trying to keep the shows you currently have on your network afloat. What we need is yet another singing competition. That’ll solve all your channel’s woes!
    Sigh *Puts head in hands*.

    Comment by Angela – May 29, 2012 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this show flopped hard in germany. the final was last week and it underperformed just like the rest of its season. it will hardly get a second season here

    Comment by bab – May 30, 2012 02:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ENOUGH reality singing competitions, seriously!

    Comment by gillian – May 30, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just learned yesterday (I know. Always late to the party!) that The Sing-Off, my FAVORITE competition, was cancelled. This is just a slap in the face. The Sing-Off contestants were all uber talented and a joy to watch each week with my family. I’m really sad. :( Boooooooooo, NBC! Wish they’d listen to the fans.

    Comment by WayDownSouth – May 30, 2012 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ugh, sounds like a great vehicle for the egos and fame wh0res who don’t make the cut on Survivor.

    Comment by xerxia – May 30, 2012 11:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • For this they canceled The Sing Off? Eh.

    Comment by Ann VerWiebe – May 30, 2012 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good job, NBC. Cancel an amazing show like Awake for yet another crappy reality singing series.

    Comment by Deborah – May 31, 2012 10:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Zephrine's Original Music and commented:
    A must read “The Winner Is” a new show with a big twist.

    Comment by Zephrine Music – August 16, 2012 04:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • and yet you people watch them so what does that say about you.

    Comment by You Complain – August 27, 2012 09:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by dfoghourt – November 25, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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