A Third Season?
After the second season of The Sing-Off, viewers are left wondering about not only the future of the winning competitors Committed, but also the future of the show. Will The Sing-Off be back for a third season?
According to an article written last February by Josef Adalian, NBC’s executive vice president Paul Telegdy said, “We don’t know when [we’ll be bringing Sing-Off back]. But we believe we’ve found a little gem, one we can buff up and make better.”
It seems NBC did just that, averaging over 8.6 million viewers per episode this season. The premiere drew in 22 percent more viewers than last season’s premiere, and though the final episode dropped viewership, the season still had more viewers overall this time around.
Will these ratings be enough to keep the show around for a third turn?
NBC has not affirmed a third season, but taking into consideration the prosperity of the show, they will likely bring it back. They already demonstrated their ability to “monitor and adjust” to raving fans by extending the final episode of season two by half an hour.
The Bigger Questions
Perhaps other questions should be at the forefront of our minds. While similar shows such as American Idol have been experimenting with new judges, will The Sing-Off stick with Shawn, Ben, and Nicole? How about host Nick Lachey? All four certainly sing the show’s praises, and it isn’t unreasonable to guess that being in the public eye has helped their image and boosted viewers’ interest in their music.
Others may also wonder if the show will be back and bigger than ever. With only a handful of shows per season, The Sing-Off is a bit short-lived and dwindles just when viewers start getting into it.
Meanwhile: The Voice of America
NBC seems to be taking the hint, however. Rolling Stone recently mentioned NBC’s plans to launch a new reality singing show this spring called The Voice of America. While The Sing-Off played it safe by airing during the off season of Idol, The Voice of America will opt to contend for America’s hearts by beginning its season amidst Idol‘s tenth. Unlike Idol, The Voice of America involves a blind judging format and a little bit less of the embarrassing, untalented early auditions.
Reportedly, the new show’s producer is the coveted Mark Burnett, whose work includes some of America’s favorite reality TV: Survivor, The Apprentice, and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
About the hear-only format for the show, Burnett said to Hollywood Reporter, “Somebody will show up with all the right moves and look like a star, but their voice is only good, not great, and they don’t get chosen.” With a promise like that, viewers can be sure The Voice of America is really about good singing, without sharing its focus on image.
James Hibberd, “NBC, Mark Burnett to Launch Idol Rival,” HollywoodReporter.com.
Jem Aswad, “NBC Launching Idol Competitor Next Spring,” RollingStone.com.
Josef Adalian, “Exclusive: NBC Readying a Second Season of The Sing-Off,” TheWrap.com.