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.”

Clash of the Choirs [NBC]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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