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Don't Stop Believing is an upcoming British television talent show which will air on Five from summer 2010.

BackgroundEdit

It is inspired by the musical comedy-drama Glee, which airs in America on the Fox network. The series will feature live shows in which musical performance groups compete against each other, with viewers voting on the winner. Solo singers will also be sought to join a group to represent the United Kingdom on the American glee club circuit. The show will be hosted by Emma Bunton, and judged by Tamsin Outhwaite, Duncan James, Anastacia and Charles "Chucky" Klapow.

DevelopmentEdit

Don't Stop Believing will be produced by Shine TV and GroupM Entertainment. Based on the popularity of Glee and High School Musical, and billed as Glee meets The X-Factor, the show is intended to combine elements of both singing and dancing competitions. Five's controller Richard Woolfe stated: "There's an explosion in musical performance groups and Don't Stop Believing will tap into that exciting groundswell. This will be the first series to combine both singing and dancing to create an amazing entertainment spectacle which will completely capture the viewers' imagination.". By May 2010, over 3,000 groups had applied to take part in the show via the Five website.

Social networking website MySpace will be the show's online hub, featuring exclusive content including video webchats with the judges, highlights of the show and choreography tutorials. Users will be able to purchase tracks from the programme directly through MySpace. Sophie Rouse, director of marketing at MySpace UK stated: "As a platform dedicated to the discovery of new content, MySpace can add an extra dimension to big events like these, giving fans the opportunity to interact directly with the talent and exclusive content from the show.".

FormatEdit

Established and new musical performance groups will compete in a series of live shows, performing well-known songs in new arrangements, with choreography (Kim Gavin) and vocal coaching by industry experts George Dyer and Joshua Alamu. Contestants will perform in front of celebrity judges, with viewers voting for the winner. Alongside the main competition, solo singers will be invited to join a group to represent the United Kingdom on the American glee club circuit. Auditions will be held while the series airs, with new members joining each week.

Judges and hostEdit

The show will be hosted by Emma Bunton. Five's head of entertainment Donna Taberer stated that she was "utterly thrilled" to have Emma as part of the project, deeming her the "perfect host" due to her singing, dancing and presenting experience.

Emma commented:

"Like millions of others I'm currently obsessed with musical performance groups so I am beyond excited"

Telling The Belfast Telegraph that she is a "huge fan" of Glee. The show's judges will be former EastEnders actress Tamsin Outhwaite, Blue member Duncan James, singer Anastacia and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow.

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

The debut episode was watched by 1.46 million viewers; 6.8% of the viewing audience. The second episode was watched by 1.09 million viewers; 4.8% of the viewing audience. Episode three was down 433,000 viewers. It was watched by 587,000 viewers; a 2.4% audience share. The episode was moved from the 7 pm–8.30 pm timeslot to the 8 pm-9.30 pm slot to avoid a scheduling conflict with Cricket on Five, and was down 51.5% on the channel's average audience share in the slot.

Critical responseEdit

Emma's performance on Don't Stop Believing were considerably positive.

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