TEN to shine with Don't Stop Believing

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So You Think You Can Dance Australia is dumped for TEN's new "Glee-inspired" talent quest.

Network TEN has dumped So You Think You Can Dance Australia from its 2011 line-up to make room for a new entertainment reality show, Don't Stop Believing.

Inspired by the success of shows like Glee and High School Musical, the new talent show will showcase musical groups in an all-singing, all-dancing format.

Groups consisting of all ages will compete in weekly heats, performing numbers from Lady GaGa to Madonna, from The Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas, High School Musical and Hairspray.

TEN boasts "Dazzling musical arrangements, a multi-platform stage, a state of the art lighting rig, professional vocal coaches and the most innovative, creative minds working in pop, TV, film and musical theatre will all combine to create killer, must-see performances."

Sounding a lot like a souped-up version of Seven's Battle of the Choirs, the series will be produced by Shine Australia, which is behind the UK version of the show about to launch on Five. That series will be hosted by former Spice Girl Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton.

The show will also have its own resident "Don't Stop Believing Super Group" comprising of 12 young professional singers and dancers who will lead the show each week. The 12 will be launched ahead of the series beginning on air.

TEN's chief programming officer David Mott said, "We have had incredible success in identifying and airing excellent high impact performance shows and this is bigger and better than any we have ever undertaken.

"Australian's have proven time and again that we are an extremely talented country in so many areas, and we expect to discover musical groups and individuals who have come from the most surprising places."

With the new show announced, TEN has put Dance to one side, as indeed it did with Australian Idol this year. Whether either returns next year or not remains to be seen, but the chances are slim unless the new show completely tanks.

Auditions for groups are already open at www.ten.com.au/dontstopbelieving.

Don't Stop Believing will air on TEN in 2011.

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