[10/25/05 - 12:00 AM]
VH1 Gives America the Chance to Decide Who Stays and Who Goes Home in the New Original Series 'But Can They Sing' Premiering Sunday, October 30

[via press release from VH1]

VH1 Gives America the Chance to Decide who Stays and who Goes Home in the New Original Series 'But Can They Sing' Premiering Sunday, October 30

Exclusive Content and Performances to Air on VH1's Broadband Network Vspot Before and After Each Episode

Morgan Fairchild, Kim Alexis, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Larry Holmes, Joe Pantoliano, Bai Ling, Carmine Gotti Agnello, Michael Copon And Myrka Dellanos Will Hit the Stage in This Six-Week Competition

Ahmet Zappa Will Host

NEW YORK, Oct. 25 -- They can act, model and even box, but can they sing? VH1 will give viewers the chance to decide through multiple platforms who should stick to their day jobs and who gets to tough it out over six weeks to become a pop star in the new original series "But Can They Sing?" premiering on October 30 at 10PM*.

Actors Morgan Fairchild ("Falcon Crest"), Joe Pantoliano ("Sopranos"), Bai Ling ("Nixon"), Antonio Sabato, Jr., ("The Bold and The Beautiful"), Michael Copon ("One Tree Hill"), model Kim Alexis, Carmine Gotti Agnello ("Growing Up Gotti"), former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes and Latin entertainer/journalist Myrka Dellanos will undergo grueling and intensive training with two prominent vocal coaches and one movement/dance instructor to prepare for their performance in front of a live studio audience each week during the six week competition.

VH1 will then turn the voting over to America at 11PM* where viewers will have the opportunity to cast their ballots one of three ways:

-- Online (http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/but_can_they_sing/series.jhtml)

-- Text messaging, by sending their contestant's number ("01","02", "03", etc.) to 91757. Text message voting is sponsored by Sprint but is open to all carriers/networks.

-- Via toll-free phone

VH1 will also offer viewers a sneak peek of two full performances each Sunday morning prior to the 10PM* premiere of "But Can They Sing?" on vspot.vh1.com

Additional exclusive Vspot programming includes interviews with contestants immediately following their performances, post-show discussions with studio audience members, and post-show predictions from the show's voice/dance coaches.

"But Can They Sing?" is produced by Granada America, the producers of such TV hits as VH1'S "Celebrity Fit Club" "Hell's Kitchen," "Nanny 911," and "Airline." Kanpai Pictures' Jay Karas and Andee Kuroda are the Executive Producers for Granada America along with Paul Jackson and Curt Northrup. Jeff Olde, Lee Rolontz and Claire McCabe are Executive Producers for VH1. The series will be shot in Los Angeles.

VH1.com is the premier music, entertainment and pop culture destination on the web for adults 18-49. Reflecting VH1's unique, celebratory voice, VH1.com offers music and pop culture lovers a wealth of content including world premiere videos, album releases, artist news and bios, movie trailers, new series previews and exclusive features from VH1's marquee events such as the annual "Save The Music Concert," "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" and "Big in '05." VH1.com also features original multi-platform content including the broadband version of the hit weekly series "Best Week Ever" and exclusive intimate music performances on "Live @ VH1.com"

Launched in July of this year, VH1's broadband entertainment network Vspot (vspot.vh1.com) offers distinct channels of original and exclusive music and pop culture programming that allows VH1's upscale adult audience to take VH1 with them wherever they go. Vspot debuted with the first episode of the VH1 series "Surreal Life 5" three days before the series premiered on the VH1 linear network. Music artists sound off in original franchises such as "Artist 2 Artist" and "Take 2." In September, Vspot extended VH1's "Hip Hop Honors" event with elements such as "VIP Pass" which featured behind-the- scenes action hosted by MC Lyte and an exclusive performance on the "gold carpet" by artist David Banner -- all resulting in a six-fold increase in normal traffic.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, VH Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.VH1.com.

Web Site: http://www.vh1.com http://www.vh1.com/vspot http://www.vh1.com/shows/dyn/but_can_they_sing/series.jhtml

  [october 2005]  

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