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Last Choir Standing was a 2008 talent show-themed television series produced by the BBC in the United Kingdom. Broadcast on BBC One in July and August 2008, the series saw amateur choirs competing each week to be the 'last choir standing'.

The series was presented by Myleene Klass and Nick Knowles, with judges Russell Watson, Sharon D. Clarke and Suzi Digby. In the final, following a public telephone vote, the winners were announced as Welsh male voice choir Only Men Aloud!.

An collection of songs from the series was released as an album in November 2008.

The programme, initially to be called Choir Wars, looked to find 'the nation's favourite choir'. Presented by Myleene Klass and Nick Knowles, the programme aired on Saturday nights, with some of the results shows shown on Sundays, in the same timeslot as other BBC entertainment programs such as and .

Applications on tape were accepted from amateur choirs of 10-50 people, aged 13 years or older, and around 1, 000 choirs entered the competition. 60 choirs were then invited to audition in front of the three judges in May at Cadogan Hall in London, where the choirs required a 'yes' from two of the judges to proceed to the callbacks. The callbacks saw 27 choirs perform again in front of the judges, as well as other choirs and a studio audience at BBC Television Centre. 15 choirs were then chosen to perform in three rounds of studio heats, with two from each heat proceeding to the live shows. The final six choirs then sang for viewer votes over four weeks, with the choirs being eliminated one-by-one to find the last choir standing.

The format is very similar to Welsh show (Choir of Wales). Both shows have even featured many of the same Welsh choirs in competition with each other.

Judges[edit]

The judges for the competition were:

27 choirs made it through to the callbacks. The following were eliminated before the studio heats:

  • Balham SDA
  • Basingstoke Ladies
  • Cantata
  • Cantus Firmus
  • Craigie Community Choir
  • Ecclesbourne School chamber choir
  • Kitsch in Sync
  • Lifted
  • Nelson Civic Ladies
  • Pegasus
  • Singing for Pleasure
  • Following the callbacks, 15 choirs made it through to the studio heats:

    Choir Members From Status
    10 Eliminated in the heats
    City of Brighton Gay Men's Chorus 37
    Common Room Choir 15
    Dreemz
    A Handbag of Harmonies 50
    Hear Me Now! 13 London
    Open Arts Community Choir 25
    Sense of Sound 40 Eliminated, sixth place
    City of Bath Male Choir Eliminated, fifth place
    35 Eliminated, fourth place
    Revelation East London Third place
    Second place
    18 Winner

    Heat 1[edit]

    The first heat saw five of the remaining 15 choirs sing for their place in the live knockout shows. The judges put through Sense of Sound and Ysgol Glanaethwy. The show performances were:

  • All choirs:
  • Performances (in order of performance):
  • Sense of Sound were then chosen by the judges to be the first choir through to the live shows, and they performed "Let It Be" by The Beatles. Brighton Gay Men's Chorus were eliminated from the competition. The remaining three choirs then performed again:
  • The judges then chose Ysgol Glanaethwy as the second choir through to the live shows.
  • Heat 2[edit]

    The second heat saw five more of the final 15 choirs sing for their place in the live knockout shows. The judges put through Revelation and Only Men Aloud!. The show performances were:

  • The judges then chose Only Men Aloud! to proceed to the live shows.
  • Heat 3[edit]

    The last five of the final 15 choirs sang for their place in the live knockout shows in the third heat. The judges put through ACM Gospel Choir and City of Bath Male Choir. The show performances were:

  • ACM Gospel Choir were then chosen by the judges to be the fifth choir through to the live shows, and they performed "I Believe I Can Fly" by R. Kelly. A Handbag Of Harmonies were eliminated from the competition. The remaining three choirs then performed again:
  • The judges then chose City of Bath Male Choir to be the final choir through to the live shows.
  • Knockout 1[edit]

    The first of the live shows allowed viewers to vote for their favourite choir, and resulted in Sense of Sound leaving the competition. The show performances were:

  • Clash of the Choirs:
  • Sense of Sound and Revelation received the least number of viewer votes and had to sing again:
  • Sharon and Russell chose to save Revelation and Suzi chose Sense of Sound, meaning Sense of Sound were eliminated.
  • Knockout 2[edit]

    The second knockout round resulted in Bath Male Choir being eliminated from the competition. The show performances were:

  • Clash of the Choirs:
  • City of Bath Male Choir and Revelation received the least number of viewer votes and had to sing again:
  • All three judges chose to save Revelation, meaning City of Bath Male Choir were eliminated.
  • Semi-final[edit]

    ACM Gospel Choir left the competition in the third knockout round after losing out in the Clash of the Choirs. The show performances were:

  • Clash of the Choirs:
  • ACM Gospel Choir and Ysgol Glanaethwy received the least number of viewer votes and had to sing again:
  • All three judges chose to save Ysgol Glanaethwy, meaning ACM Gospel Choir were eliminated.
  • Final[edit]

    In the last week of competition, the final three choirs performed "Shine" by Take That at the handover party for the 2012 Summer Olympics outside Buckingham Palace.

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