NBC Announces 'The Winner Is' A New Vocal Game Show That Spotlights Singers

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May 29th, 2012

via press release:




Dueling Contestants to Be Judged by In-Studio Panel; Before Hearing Their Fate, Singers Must Decide to Negotiate a Cash Prize and Step Out of the Competition or Continue the Game


Series Comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”)



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 29, 2012 – NBC has green-lighted “The Winner Is,” a new vocal game show that showcases talented singers of all ages – soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals - all of whom will compete in head-to-head singing duels.


The contestants will be judged by a special in-studio panel led by one celebrity judge (to be announced) as they compete for an ultimate cash prize of $1 million. In a unique twist, they will have the chance to negotiate a deal with their opponent. Before hearing their fate the contestants can choose to step out of the competition in exchange for a predetermined cash prize or continue on in the game.


The show comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”). John de Mol is the executive producer.


The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC.


“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 Telegdy. “Talented singers and the show’s surprising competitive twist, with the possibility of negotiating a deal to step out of the game, will have viewers engaged and entertained.”


The show’s competing singers will be given the chance to become rich in record time. After each singing duel, both opposing performances will be judged. The contestants will then have the option of making a deal. If they have doubts about how they have measured up against their opponent, they can leave the show -- in exchange for the instant cash that round is worth. But if they’re confident they performed better than their opponent, they can await the jury results to see if they’ve made it to the next round and a step closer to the $1 million in ultimate prize money.


Singing contestants need to be confident of their own talent but shouldn't underestimate their opponents. There's a lot at stake: the amount of money each duel is worth increases with every round, right up until the finale.


In the finale, eight singers will duel and negotiate. They continue to compete until just two amazing singing contestants remain. Then the two finalists must make a crucial decision. After their performance, they each get the chance to walk away with $100,000 -- or they can risk losing that huge amount of cash by awaiting the jury vote and the votes from the viewers for the chance to win the $1 million prize.




  • carole

    Just what we need another singing show. Not..

  • disney rocks

    So this it what they’ll air after The Voice Fall cycle?

  • Clarke

    At this rate, in 10 years the only shows on the big 4 will be American Idol clones. STOP with the generic singing shows. TV networks need to focus more on making QUALITY dramas and not this drivel.

  • Ultima

    TV networks need to focus more on making QUALITY dramas and not this drivel.

    You do realize that this will air during December and/or January instead of repeats, right? It’s not at the expense of scripted programming, it’s in addition to it.

  • SJ

    Oh wow, it never stops, does it? Jesus!

  • The Mike Factor

    I like the negotiating aspect, may check this out if it’s over holidays. I too am really tired of singing shows and no longer watch any of them.

  • Survivor Fan

    I really like the idea of the negotiating. I just wonder what the format will be like. There is no way that this will get as good ratings as those that Fear Factor would have gotten. I assume that the reason for its cancellation- the #3 entertainment program on NBC- had nothing to do with ratingsa, but rather controversy.

  • Anthony Parello (AP076)

    Recognizing that there are too many singing competition shows across 3 of the 5 networks I am getting sick of hearing it being blamed with statements like “TV networks need to focus more on making QUALITY dramas and not this drivel.”

    Isn’t this a holiday season filler show that would air when scripted shows would not be showing much in the way of original episodes anyway.
    Didn’t NBC greenlight something like 12 new scripted shows for 2013-2014 more than this past season (The QUALITY of them is as yet undetermined).
    Also didn’t NBC in fact also cancel 5 “reality” shows this year as well?

  • Fischer

    THIS is why im glad NBC is in the tank… This looks like crap.

  • Androme

    I am the only one who knows that this show (or The Voice for that matter) or NOT American Idol clones?
    Or that any (if not all) of NBC’s shows are NOT crap? (okay a few are but that’s not the point)
    Am I the only one who thinks before commenting?
    And am I the only one not reeling from the news that NBC is STILL THIRD?


  • Androme

    Okay the last two questions were because I was annoyed that you all are still slamming NBC for the decisions it makes. But seriously, this show is not an AI clone. It comes from its own format.
    The Voice isnt either. You should know it.

  • hubert_wentland

    @Androme: well, all of these shows are copies of AI. not because they have similar formats (because it’s not truth), but because they all follow AI’s succes. i think nbc will kill all of the broadcasters at this point. amateurs come, people watch, people get easily bored (because of how many singing crap we have), people move to cable.

    i dont see any reason, why The Winner Is would do better than Sing-Off last fall. it’s still nbc.

    at this point, i think cbs isnt that bad with their crappy comedies. at least they try something new in the terms of premise, etc.

  • Julia

    I live in Germany and the show already aired here. It’s really interesting!

  • Samunto

    The format plays out as a mix between The Voice & Deal or No Deal. Unfortunately, it flopped in a big way in Germany. It flopped too in Holland. So it’ll be interesting to see how it dóes on NBC. But i wouldn’t put my money on it.

  • Riff Rafferty

    The Winner Is? Well, whoever it is, I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna be NBC.

    Not merely content with their own original failures, the Never Be a Contender network is now remaking shows that bombed in Europe. Why mess with non-success, right? NBC’s sure mastered the art of that.

  • MikeB

    I think they are getting out of hand with all the singing shows. I’ll watch Xfactor UK and Maybe Xfactor US and the voice and that’s it. I’m not watching any new competition shows.

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