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Canwest summons Canuck ‘gleeks’ for new show

Canwest is hoping to build on the popularity of the American hit series Glee by encouraging talented singers in Canadian workplaces to form glee clubs and perform in a new reality competition series.
August 9, 2010

Canadian broadcaster Canwest is hoping to build on the popularity of U.S. hit series Glee by encouraging talented singers in Canadian workplaces to form glee clubs and perform in a new reality competition series, the broadcaster has announced.

Tentatively titled Canada Sings!, the one-hour series will challenge ordinary Canucks including nurses, firemen, and chefs to collaborate with their co-workers and compete in a ‘glee-off,’ where they will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges for a chance to win a donation to the charity of their choice.

The series will travel to two Canadian workplaces each week to scout talent for a glee club that will audition, rehearse and perform in front of a live studio audience.

The series is produced by John Brunton’s Insight Productions, the company behind CBC’s hit reality competition Battle of the Blades, and will debut in early 2011.

‘Watching the behind-the-scenes dynamic in a workplace and acknowledging the hidden talents of colleagues can be both dramatic and exciting. There’s something magical about uncovering what your co-worker can do,’ says Brunton.

A big fan of Glee himself, Brunton says the musical comedy is changing culture so that people are able to ‘showcase their inner performer’ all over the world.

Auditions for Canada Sings! are now underway. Canwest will announce the show host and judging panel closer to the broadcast date.

This story originally appeared in Playback Daily.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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