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A Very Special Reunion on 'The Choir' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 29th 2010 4:35AM
A Very Special Reunion on 'The Choir''The Choir' (Wed., 10PM ET on BBC America) is a series covering the lives of a group of young adults. The kids are invited to join a school choir -- despite never having had the chance or opportunity to sing before.

On the current episode of the series, choir leader Gareth Malone reconnects with his students after a long absence, and gets to learn about how they are doing now. The kids seem to have been changed by their year-long experience in the singing group. "It was tough, hard, fun, sad," said one pupil. " ... If you just blow out different emotions that pop into your head -- probably every single one happened at some point, to someone in that choir."

During the reunion special, the students sing 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon and Garfunkel. These are some of the lyrics: "When you're weary/ Feeling small/ When tears are in your eyes /I will dry them all." It's a good message, and a message of friendship -- and also words that are entirely appropriate, considering the theme of the show.

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Tears from Teens Kicked Off 'The Choir' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 15th 2010 9:48AM
Tears From Teens Kicked Off 'The Choir'On 'The Choir' (Wed., 10PM ET on BBCA), director Gareth Malone needs to whittle down the British school chorus he hopes to take to China for the Choir Olympics. The news of a re-audition isn't well received.

"It's unfair because we've been here like ... since mid-November," says one student. Fair point.

After a sequence of successful auditions and elated singers, viewers are subjected to watch the reactions of the rejected.

One boy tries to be stoic, saying, "Gareth says it's mainly because [of] too many people in the trebles." But then he can't hold back the tears. Another teen says, "I pretended like it was OK, but [I'm] gutted." She too starts to cry.

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British 'Choir' Kids Audition for China's Choir Olympics (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jul 8th 2010 9:00AM
British 'Choir' Kids Audition for China's Choir OlympicsOn the series premiere of 'The Choir' (Wed., 10PM ET on BBCA), Gareth Malone wants to take his British school chorus to China for the Choir Olympics. The rag-tag group of teens from underprivileged neighborhoods has a month to pull together a song for the audition CD.

While practicing Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," Malone admits, "OK ... I would not buy a CD of that."

But the end result is "a fair and honest record of how the choir was singing on that day ... [with] some great moments on it and a couple of not-so-great moments."

Regardless, one mother is brought to tears when she hears the recording. Now for a two-month wait for the judges' decision.

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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.

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