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BBC's The Choir turns reporters into singers

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 18th 2010 9:03AM
Gareth Malone stars in BBC America's The Choir.The star of the upcoming BBC America reality series, The Choir pulled a fast one on the assembled reporters gathered for the network's press conference during the TCA proceedings this weekend.

The reality show features choirmaster Gareth Malone (right) as he attempts to forge a top-notch choir in England's cash-strapped schools and underprivileged neighborhoods. The 13-episode series will run this coming spring on BBC America.

So, Malone showed up in Pasadena this weekend to promote the show to the assembled TCA throng. After the standard clips and Q&A were winding down, Malone ducked out of the quick and easy farewell and invited the reporters to come up on stage and form their own flash choir.

I will proudly lay claim to being the first to hit his feet because we come this way but once -- and it could be some time before I'm asked to get up and sing by a British reality TV star in front of a banquet hall full of strangers. Other reporters were reluctant to join, but peer pressure forced many to trod the boards.

After splitting the tone deaf media representatives into male and female subgroups, Malone led all in attendance in a rousing version of The Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."

Unfortunately, I have to report that TV Squad Editor-in-Chief Joel Keller refused to leave his seat and take part. But, rumors say he did manage to clap effectively when the performance concluded.

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I think labelling this as a reality show is doing it a disservice, it's actually a pretty decent show. Most reality shows are totally obsessed with cheap celebrity in one way or another.

January 18 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gareth is wonderful - even if he does look eerily like David Tennant.

January 18 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott Matthewman

It's Gareth Malone, not Monroe.

It sounds like this 13-episode series may be a composite of two different series he made for BBC2 here in the UK. Both are incredibly inspirational pieces of television, so you're in for a treat.

January 18 2010 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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