Sing me home, 'Choirs'


Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton are set to serve as celebrity choirmasters on NBC's holiday talent competition series "Clash of the Choirs."

The BBC Worldwide Prods.-produced show will air Dec. 17-20 live from New York.

Bolton, LaBelle, Lachey, Rowland and Shelton will go back to their hometowns to assemble a choir of 20 amateur singers.

After rehearsing with their choirmaster in their hometowns, the choirs will fly to New York to perform live in a musical "sing-off" competition over four consecutive nights. Viewers will vote one choir off the show each night.

In addition to training their pupils for their stage numbers, the celebrities will critique the performances, along with a music expert.

The winning choir, along with the hometown celebrity musician, will choose a prize to help their community -- anything from renovating a school gym to building a new neighborhood playground.

"For the musicians, it's a chance to give back to the town that supported and nurtured them when they were starting out, and for the choir members, they become instant hometown heroes," NBC reality chief Craig Plestis said.

Bolton will be going back to his hometown of New Haven, Conn., LaBelle will return to Philadelphia, Lachey will go home to Cincinnati, Rowland will be returning to Houston and Shelton will be going back to Oklahoma City.

Based on a format by Scandinavian-based Friday TV, "Choir" is exec produced by Paul Telegdy, Jason Raff and Suzy Lamb. Linda Giambrone serves as co-executive produces.