Nick Lachey to host singing game show 'The Winner Is'
Nick Lachey will be the host of a new singing game show tentatively titled "The Winner Is," NBC announced on Friday, November 30.
The show is described as "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."
Contestants from all genres of music will compete and will be judged by a studio audience in order to win a "huge cash prize."
The contestants sing against each other in the duels and before the winner is revealed, the contestants will have to resist cash offers to leave the game permanently.
If the contestant is confident in their performance, they can choose to wave the cash offers and see if the audience chose them to advance to the next round. If the audience picks them, they advance, if not, they walk away empty handed.
In the grand finale, eight contestants continue to compete against each other until just two contestants remain. The final two contestants perform and afterwards they must decide to either walk away with the thousands they have earned from the previous rounds or continue with the competition and risk their winnings for the grand prize money on the audience vote.
Lachey, who found fame as a member of the boy band 98 Degrees with brother and former "Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars" contestant Drew Lachey, previously hosted the NBC singing competition series "The Sing-Off." The new game show comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc., the company behind the NBC competition series "The Voice."
"Nick is a versatile, seasoned host and we are thrilled to be working him," Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming at NBC, said in a statement. "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."
Auditions for the show occur on December 8 in Raleigh, North Carolina and Seattle, Washington and on December 15 in Houston, Texas and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.