NBC Announces Nick Lachey as Host of New Singing Game Show 'The Winner Is'

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November 30th, 2012

via press release:




Dueling Contestants to Be Judged by a Studio Audience; Before Hearing Their Fate Singers Must Decide to Accept a Cash Buyout to Leave the Competition or Continue the Game


Auditions to Be Held in Raleigh, N.C., Houston, Seattle and Philadelphia


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



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 30, 2012 – Multi-talented singer and performing star Nick Lachey (“The Sing-Off”) will host NBC’s series “The Winner Is” (working title), a new hybrid singing game show that showcases talented singers of all ages -- male soloists, female soloists, kids, teens, singing groups, seniors, families, professionals -- all of whom will compete in head-to-head singing duels.


The contestants will come from all popular styles of music – R&B, country, gospel, pop, opera and hip hop, among others. They will be judged by a studio audience vote as they compete for a huge cash prize.


In addition, auditions for the new show will be held in Raleigh, N.C., Houston, Seattle and Philadelphia (more information below).


The show comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”). Creator John de Mol will executive-produce along with Craig Plestis (“Deal or No Deal”) and Stijn Bakkers ("The Voice").


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


“Nick is a versatile, seasoned host and we are thrilled to be working him,” said Telegdy. “With Nick at the helm on air and an original format from Talpa that includes surprising and competitive twists, viewers are sure to be immersed and entertained.”


On "The Winner Is" singing contestants from all across America are given the chance of a lifetime to win a huge sum of money in record time. Each duel sees two singers go head to head to give their ultimate performance. After each singing showdown, the studio audience votes for the best performer. Losing a duel means a player is out of the game. But before the winner is revealed the players must test their nerves by resisting a cash offer to leave the game for good. If they’re confident they performed better than their opponent, they can await the audience vote to see if they’ve made it to the next round and one step closer to the ultimate grand prize.


In the grand finale, eight episode winners 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 tens of thousands of dollars or they can risk that huge amount of cash by awaiting the audience vote for the chance to win a life-changing sum of money.


The contestants on "The Winner Is" need to be certain of their talent but should never underestimate their opponents as they're literally asked to put their money where their mouth is.


Lachey, a multi-platinum recording artist, actor and television personality, first rose to stardom as the frontman of the popular band 98 Degrees, selling 10 million albums worldwide and charting several Top-40 hits. Lachey later went onto star in "Newlyweds," one of MTV's most successful shows in the network's history. In 2003, he launched an enormously successful solo album career for which his second record “What’s Left of Me,” went to #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.


Most recently, Lachey hosted three seasons of NBC's "The Sing Off" which aired in primetime in December of 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. In July 2011, he hosted NBC’s star-studded “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” and has co-hosted “Live with Kelly” alongside Kelly Ripa on several occasions throughout 2012. Lachey has also starred on variety of popular television series, including “Hawaii Five-O,” “Charmed," "One Tree Hill" and “Hope & Faith.” In addition, Lachey has hosted several major national network programs and specials such as "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" and "Clash of the Choirs" (where Team Lachey took home the championship and a check for $250,000 for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital). Behind the scenes, Lachey created and executive-produced the hit MTV series "Taking the Stage" based on the lives of students at his beloved alma mater the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati which ran for two seasons.


In addition to his success in the music and television industries, his love of sports motivated him to become an owner of the Tacoma Rainiers, a Triple A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Seattle Mariners. Lachey also remains a constant advocate VH-1 Save The Music, Feeding America, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He is also founder and President of The Nick Lachey Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. For additional information, please visit www.nicklachey.com.




  • Nick

    This game doesn’t make any sense.

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  • Samunto

    This show aired in Germany and was a flop! It’s basically The Voice meets Deal or No Deal. It was a confused mess. Given it’s mediocre ratings in the 1st season last spring, a second season wasn’t and probably will never be commissioned not unless NBC manages to tweak the format in a way that it becomes successful.

  • Tyson

    The game makes sense, Nick. Two acts compete against each other. The audience picks a winner. Before the result is announced, the acts can take money to leave (if they think they lost) or hear the result and win more money (if they think they won).

    The audience will surely like seeing winning acts take money and quit. Viewers will also like watching over-confident people lose and get nothing.

  • Oliver

    I believe this show also bombed in the Netherlands.

  • EatMorePez

    Oh good, another singing show.

  • DryedMangoez

    It sounds interesting enough for a Summer slot.

    Tyson, you got the show’s possible appeal correct, “The audience will surely like seeing winning acts take money and quit. Viewers will also like watching over-confident people lose and get nothing.”

  • Oliver

    I wonder when NBC plan to air it. Between cycles of The Voice in Summer, perhaps?


    NBC really knows how overkill a genre. They killed Deal or No Deal by having it 3 times a week. They killed Minute to Win it by having basically year round. They r killing the singing competition genre by having 2 seasons of The Voice a year and having this show, which seems like a complete mess

  • Kavyn

    How about we get The Sing-Off without Nick Lachey instead?

  • Homie

    They’ve been trying to get Nick Lachey to stick on something for more than 5 years now. Everything he’s on bombs, they should’ve just put him in The Voice but he probably would’ve ruined that too.

  • Wol

    This show is currently a success in Italy but it bombed in Germany and The Netherlands

  • senor chang

    I wish The Sing-Off were on instead.

  • Phil

    It’s like “Deal or no Deal” with singing in it. Weird, right?

  • Nate

    This might be a good show to air over the Summer when expectations are a lot lower. I cant really see this show doing anything in the ratings for NBC.

  • Max

    NBC just keeps cashing in on the same idea.

  • Cathy Viviano

    Another reality show for TV. Jesus! When will we ever have “normal” programs minus reality crap! Hee hee

  • Cathy Viviano

    Another reality show for TV. Jesus! When will we ever have “normal” programs minus reality crap? Hee hee

  • me

    The saddest part of this whole press release is right at the start, when they called Lachey “multi-talented”. At what exactly?

  • Ashley

    Really NBC, another singing competition? And I don’t know who’s more annoying as a host, Nick or his wife, Vanessa. No wonder why NBC sucks for the most part. Minus The Voice, where they got lucky, and football, they are have nothing else going on.

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