April 29, 2013 4:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
ABC Orders Celebrity Competition 'Sing Your Face Off'
ABC is getting further into the celebrity talent game.
The network home to Dancing With the Stars and Splash has picked up six episodes of Sing Your Face Off, a talent variety competition featuring five celebrities transformed to train as a legendary musical icon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The series, based on Endemol Spain's Your Face Sounds Familiar, will feature celebrities -- who have yet to be cast -- taking on iconic musicians as they undergo hours of makeup, choreography and vocal coaching. Each episode will feature the complete physical transformation -- including the icon's walk, talk, mannerisms and more -- as the celebrities compete in front of judges and a studio audience. In addition to being tasked with a physical transformation, participating talent also will have to actually perform music from their assigned icon each week. Participating celebs will transform to play -- and sing -- multiple musical performers during the series. Details on prizes still are being worked out.
Endemol USA will produce the series, with Georgie Hurfod-Jones (America's Got Talent, Britain's Got Talent) on board to executive produce. Casting will begin immediately, with a premiere date to be announced at a later date. Spain's Your Face Sounds Familiar has been sold to 20 countries throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. In China, the series is in its third season; in Spain, it has delivered record ratings since its launch in September 2011.
The competition entry comes as ABC's Dancing With the Stars has seen its ratings erode this season and as NBC prepares to reboot its talent competition effort, America's Got Talent. The series also comes as NBC is preparing to return competition entry The Sing Off for its fourth season.
Check out a clip from Your Face Sounds Familiar, below.