2011 the year of the talent show

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More shows with singers and dancers are coming your way next year.

If you thought 2010 was the year of the talent show, wait until you see what's in store for 2011.

It's shaping up as a big year for all things musical, dance and more -- and that's despite some criticism that The X Factor isn't exactly setting the world alight.

FOX8 will have two talent series: one with dancers, and the other with singers and musicians.

The newest acquisition for Foxtel is Must be the Music, a UK talent show that differs from previous programs in that it allows singers and musicians to perform their own music. It has been airing in the UK on SKY1 and features Jamie Cullum and Dizzee Rascal as judges.

An Australian version will air next year.

The series is a spin-off from the dance competition Got to Dance, which has also aired in the UK. Similarly, FOX8 will air a local version that is tipped to include Australian dancer Adam Garcia who is a judge on the UK series.

Both shows are produced in the UK under the Shine International brand.

TEN, of course, has already announced it is to produce another Shine production, Don't Stop Believing, which is its Glee-inspired contest of all-singing, all-dancing vocal groups. Think Battle of the Choirs with some youth elixir.

The UK series hosted by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton didn't do good business, but both TEN and Shine Australia (helmed by former FremantleMedia bosses) have a much better track record at this style of show. They are hoping the series will pick up where both Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance Australia left off. A host is yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, Seven has had a reality check of its own having forked out a reported $22 million for The X Factor. As well as dealing with the Matthew Newton saga, the show has had some programming challenges from rival networks including Junior MasterChef Australia, and now faces the Commonwealth Games events.

It's holding its own considering, but doesn't look like being the blockbuster Seven had hoped for, especially after it attracted big name judges to the contest. It's too early to tell if the show will be renewed.

On a brighter note, Seven begins auditions for Australia's Got Talent in Dubbo later this month.

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