Which singing competition series are you most looking forward to seeing?

Singing-Shows-IdolImage Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Tina Gill/PR Photos; NBC; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosThis is madness! TV has so many competitive singing shows lined up that I don’t even know what to do with myself. Should I write a song and have someone else sing it? Should I spend another hour pretending I am better than the lead singer of Backbeats? Or should I attach a prosthetic goiter in the shape of huge lips to my neck in the hopes of singing my heart out in front of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and a camera? Maybe I should just tell you what I’m talking about!

As Inside TV reported, NBC is developing a singing competition series called The Voice of America (based on The Voice of Holland, or maybe the official external radio and television braodcasting services of the United States federal government?!) for spring 2011, to be produced by John de Mol (of Big Brother fame) and Mark Burnett (of Survivor fame, pictured next to Lopez). Oddly enough, NBC’s snazziest spawn, Bravo, will launch its singer-songwriter competition series Going Platinum in 2011. The shows will be different enough, of course — in The Voice of America, the celebrity judges will be blindfolded during the “blind audition” round. Intriguing, to be sure, but how will they know how talented the contestants are if they can’t tell if they’re pretty?

Over on Fox, obviously American Idol is back in January, then The X Factor (the sassy British foreign exchange student Idol is graciously hosting, who may or may not steal all of its friends) will begin in the fall. You can already watch a cappella groups “battle it out” on The Sing-Off. We’ve had Rock Star, Nashville Star, Duets, and does anyone else remember when ABC did that awful show called The One? Kara DioGuardi was a judge!

Which singing series has you most excited — or are you already gasping for breath? Vote below. 

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • AuntSassy

    Well, anything but American Idol will do for me. Sorry, but I could care less what J Lo and Steven Tyler think is good singing.

    • AuntSassy

      Sorry grammar police, make that COULDN’T care less

      • J

        Sorry. Punctuation police. Make that, “couldn’t care less”.

      • one-upped

        If you are going to style yourself the “Punctuation police,” then keep your punctuations inside the quotations.

    • annoying kid

      If you could care less, that means you actually do care a certain amount.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    None. I wish they would all be canceled.

    • Ty


    • Janniel

      From your lips to God’s ears.
      I’d rather watch corn grow than have to sit through singing, dancing, skating and other really irritating ‘competitions’.

  • Summer

    the sing off! nothing like good old accapella

    • Heidi

      That’s my favorite too. Best talent big time.

  • Beauty

    The Sing off is awesome can’t stand any other ones.

  • Randi

    The Sing Off is the only one I care to watch. Terrific

    • Scotty J

      I agree and you have to actually know how to sing to be on it.

    • Pete

      Agreed. Sing off by far…why the hell isn’t that one of the choices?!

  • B

    It is The Sing Off for me. The show has so much heart to it.

  • J-Dawg

    Depends what Annie is recapping. (Except for Slezak and Idolatry, naturally!)

    Hidden notes, anyone? (Or possibly Sour Notes?)

    • marenA

      uhh sweetie, michael slezak left EW….

      • candacetx

        noooooooooooooooooooooo !

      • dctoronto

        When and to where?

      • mscisluv

        Wait – what? Say it ain’t so!!!!

      • Katja

        Wait, I thought that was Michael Ausiello! What happened to Slezak?

      • Katja
      • A

        Slezak is making the move to the same site as Ausiello. He said it on his Twitter the other day. I forgot the name of the site.

  • marenA

    idol IS gonna suck this season… but its still idol :) (37 days left…. AHHHH)

  • Brandon R.

    Amen to all the love for The Sing-Off. Loved it last year, love it even more this year. And I still don’t get why everyone here is so excited for “The X-Factor.” From what I’ve seen of the UK version, it’s WAY worse than Idol (even the last season). Take Wagner, for example (shudder).

  • JuliaB55

    SING-OFF…and I’m watching it now. ;)

  • J

    Wish they could have a US version of Star Academy. :(

  • Josie

    Can’t wait for US X Factor! UK version is one of my favorite shows, and I live here in the US :D

  • Sara

    Anyone is better than the lead singer of Backbeats. That chick is terrible, and not just because she doesn’t understand the concept of enunciation.

  • Chelsea

    American Idol is a dead horse. I’m sure people will still watch it in masses, but really, it’s lost whatever made it special to begin with. I’ll be watching The X Factor with Simon. Fox just should’ve ended AI and had Ryan host X Factor.

    • A

      Ick, why would anyone want that idiot Ryan Seacrest to host X Factor? He’s been one of the worst things about American Idol over the past few seasons.

  • Brenda

    The Sing Off. It’s not a long drawn out show and all the singers are talented.

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