NBC’s Clash of the Choirs debuts tonight

Tonight, NBC debuts its live, four-night holiday mini-reality series Clash of the Choirs at 8 p.m. ET.

The show follows Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, Kelly Rowland and Blake Shelton as they work to train “20 individually gifted singers from each of their hometown cities in a compressed period of time” to form a choir, according to NBC. They’ll perform live, and viewers will vote off entire choirs every night, with “the alternate celebrity choirmasters and a musical expert will provide commentary critiquing each choir’s performance.” Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos hosts.

So what will the victorious choir receive from generous GE-owned network NBC? They’ll get the priceless prize of “[becoming] instant hometown heroes,” and they’ll do that “by choosing a prize to help their community — anything from renovating a school gym to an auditorium to a constructing a new neighborhood playground.” The network describes it as a “donated community prize [that] will be a cause or project the winning celebrity is passionate about and will fulfill a community need.”

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