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'The Sing-Off' inspired by movie script

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'The Sing-Off' inspired by movie script

Rex Features

NBC's new show The Sing-Off was inspired by a movie script, according to the series's executive producer.

The four-night event, hosted by Nick Lachey, revolves around eight a capella groups battling to win a recording contract with Epic Records/Sony Music and $100,000.

"It started with a film that was being developed by Sony Pictures around the a cappella world, especially at colleges and universities," explained Joel Gallen.

"The way I understand it, the chairman of Sony Pictures was reading the script and not only responding to how good the idea was for a movie. She immediately contacted the TV division and said they should try to turn it into a reality competition show.

"They contacted me and I came in and we developed it together. I think the movie is called A Capella as a working title - it's a script that's still in development."

Gallen added that groups were selected following an "intensive casting process" across the country which saw between 2,500 and 3,000 performers auditioning.

The Sing-Off premieres on December 14 at 8pm ET on NBC.

> Click here for the full interview with Joel Gallen and Nick Lachey

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