TLC's new 'The Singing Office' reality series to premiere June 29
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/04/2008
TLC has announcedThe Singing Office, a new reality competition series hosted by Joey Fatone and Melanie Brown that will follow the Dancing with the Stars alumni as they search for talented singers in the workplace before pitting them against each other, will premiere Sunday, June 29 at 9PM ET/PT.
Each The Singing Office episode will follow Fatone and Brown as they both ambush a different, unsuspecting office and hold impromptu auditions for its employees -- with the goal of recruiting each location's five best singers.
Once the participants are selected, Fatone and Brown will prepare their respective teams by coaching every aspect of their performance -- from singing and dancing to what they wear. The two teams will then compete against each other in a choreographed sing-off.
At the conclusion of each episode the studio audience will determine the winning team, which will then move onto the finale.
The eight teams featured in the finale will then compete against each other, with their performances judged by singers Taylor Dayne and Jon Secada, and choreographer Travis Payne. The office with the most impressive moves and vocal abilities will ultimately win the $50,000 grand prize.
"It's been great getting people to show off their singing talents and giving them a chance to live out their dreams on stage," said Fatone. "You can tell they're loving this unexpected opportunity."
Workplaces visited by Fatone are Allen Edwards, Hows Grocery, L.A. Zoo, Prudential Realty, Pupil Transportation Cooperative, Robbins Brothers Jewelers, Sit N' Sleep and St. Regis Hotel; while Brown has visited 1-800 Dentist, Aquarium of the Pacific, Galpin Motors, Horrace Mann Elementary, Jet Blue Airlines, SPCALA, Westinghouse Digital and White House Restaurant.
"It's been a blast," said Brown. "We have found some amazing singers right there on the job. I think we've uncovered some real talent and it's been amazing giving everyday people a chance of a lifetime!"
Fatone is no stranger to hosting a reality shows, as the Dancing with the Stars fourth-season celebrity participant -- who finished second with professional Kym Johnson during the Spring 2007 installment of the ABC show -- has since helmed NBC's The Singing Bee.
Brown finished second with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy during Dancing with the Stars' fifth season last fall. She recently served as an Access Hollywood correspondent for Dancing with the Stars sixth season.
TLC ordered The Singing Office in April and it's produced by Scott Sternberg Productions, with Scott Sternberg, Fatone, Joe Mulvihill, Brown and Stephen Belafonte serving as producers.