Five celebrities have taken on the challenge of piecing
together four 20-voice choirs for a charity sing-off.
Recaps by Pierre Kelly, GSNN
Choirmasters: Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick
Lachey, Kelly Rowland, Blake Shelton
Creators: Friday TV (based on an original format)
EP: Jason Raff, Paul Telegdy
Packagers: BBC Worldwide Americas, Friday TV
Origin: Steiner Studios, New York
Airs: All this week at 8p ET on NBC
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Assembly and First Swarm
December. A month where
choirs go caroling, and this show proves why it's part of the
holidays. Tonight, we unveil the principles: Patti Labelle, Kelly
Rowland, Nick Lachey, Blake Shelton and Michael Bolton. The Mission:
Assemble anyone who can sing to form a choir. The objective: Perform
songs in any genre. The reward: Anything to win back a community. It's
a mission they'll soon forget. Join us now from New York for night one
of CLASH....OF THE CHOIRS!
Maria Menounous is the
captain to the ship and all of the choirs will do "Living In America"
by James Brown to kick it off. How did they get here, and what did
they do to deserve the grand prize of $250,000 thanks to the movie
"First Sunday?" We start of with Nick Lachey, a founder of 98 Degrees,
whose brother is a DWTS season 2 champion. Before we do that, it's a
choir sampling "Deck the Halls." Nick goes back to Cincinnati, Ohio,
home of the Reds & Bengals as he hops on a trolley to give free ice
cream to anyone who can sing. Wish I'd had one for fun. Even the
Bengals cheerleaders want to show support for him. 1 girl in the
floral print is a nurse who wants to join, but decides to get back to
work. AT least, she tried, anyway. 1 was in a chicken suit, 1 was a
jump roper, and even a belly dancer showed up. Hey, Halloween was 2
months ago. There was a father & daughter team, one of which has
breast cancer, and when his father did "Fly me to the moon," his
daughter got the assist. That's future help to all you DFTL fans out
there. With 30 in, They split into 3 groups, and Nick chose #1 & #2 to
make it in. Even Shanda the nurse made it.
They're now on stage to do
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield. Here are some facts about the
They were energetic and
ended with: "I Am Unwritten." Of course, the remaining 4 don't want to
sit on the bench, they want to judge. And because they get positive
reviews, I'll find something that is interesting. Blake thought it was
a bit jealous of a father-daughter team. That would be Ariel & Will
Underwood who made their mom proud. BTW, Nick's charity is the
children's hospital up in the natty.
Kelly Rowland is next. A
destiny's child member, the bread of life is her charity to help low
income & homeless families with the needs. A scene from "First Sunday"
after a commercial later, she heads to Houston, TX, where the Rockets,
Texans, and Hilary Duff are. And the radio is where to tell it on.
There was one caller who sings, but got hung up. Why? There was one
Malaysian named Martin....well, let's name him Martin. I know he's
does bad, actually he did good. There was one named X, and I'm not
making this one up. He's a dancer. There were some that did the
national anthem, but others played ball with her hit, "Survivor." 1
girl relocated to Houston after Hurricane Katrina struck down. She
wasn't good, but scores anyway. All were formed and we're ready to go.
After a "Jingle Bells"
snippet, they'll do "Freedom" by George Michael. Here's the skinny on
The choir used the backup
and left the vocal parts out in the chorus. 1 guy in the cowboy hat
was soulful and all ended with their fists in the air. Now that's
patriotic. And the amazing experience credits to Lindsey Paplaw, the
Now, Michael Bolton. 18
years in the biz, and was in bands as a youth. He now plays for the
domestic violence services. An "O Christmas Tree" sample later, he
races to the mall in New Haven, Conn. with a bullhorn. Did Ty
Pennington do that anyway? Moving on, help on the radio was needed and
with the auditions set, 1 was a little off but she's not an alto as
Michael wanted it to. It got worse, but it picked up steam and Ryan
kept the party going. A barbershop quartet was up and 1 tenor was
snipped in. Can you guess who? I won't. Lindsey had a good point and
was in, but in the Seniors category, it
was a 77-year old woman who was in. All were assembled and ready to
They'll now do "Living on
a Prayer" by Bon Jovi. Facts about the band coming up:
Lead singer is owner of
AFL's Philadelphia Soul
song is from "Slippery
When Wet" album
band had most marriages &
Michael had that guitar
gesture going, but the Senior one named Janet Daygar says singing is
still youthful. Haven't look a day over 18.
Blake Shelton is the man.
"Austin" propelled him to stardom and lived in a state that had more
natural disasters than any state. He's playing for Project Rebuild and
we go back to Oklahoma City, OK. Once it got down to it, 1 who was a
choirmaster was out. Even one girl was operatic. Talk about the
Macaroni Grill. After we see 1 marine, the Hynes Bros. were up. 2 were
good, but one says he can't get in without his brother. So it's a
double play for both. After 1 nails it, 1 had a pink scarf moved
on....okay and some were good, others wasn't. When all were teamed up,
2 from the military joined in. In rehearsal, it didn't sound cool.
They forgot an accompanist....oh, they got one.
Before we proceed, the
message comes from the troops in Iraq, and GE's Frank Taylor comes in
to donate $250 to Disabled American Veterans. That is something to be
proud of. Now they'll do "Life is a highway" by Joe Cochran. Here's
something you already know about it.
Blake whipped out his
guitar to join in. Even Nick knows his brother was in the Army. To
round it out, Patti Labelle, and when you talk about her, it's a
whopping 40 years in the biz. After a shoutout to the troops, we head
to the home of the Sixers, Eagles & Flyers, Philadelphia. John
Stanley, his musical director needed help. 1 had a burp....okay and
the audition struggled. Some wanted to sing "Lady Marmalade" but Patti
says uh-uh. A 30-year old girl lost 140 lbs. and it was no loss for
words. Funny people came, but after all that, there was one out of
Patti's view. After 20, it was on.
They're the last ones to
do "He's got the whole world in his hands" It's a gospel hymn, and
they took it to church. And who almost got the scissors? Frank
Dicristo tells about it. Even Blake honors her.
We've completed 1/4 of the
mission. In a 22-hour timeframe, tune in again as 1 choir is out of
the mission. From New York everybody, Good night!