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Pitch Battle axed: Mel Giedroyc-hosted singing competition cancelled by the BBC after just one series


BBC singing competition Pitch Battle has been axed after just one series.

By Laura Donaldson

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pitch Battle: The new BBC talent competition, hosted by Mel Giedroyc, is about to launchPitch Battle: The talent competition has reportedly been axed after one series [BBC One]

The show started earlier this year with Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc overseeing proceedings.

The show, judged by Gareth Malone and Kelis, saw 30 choirs and singing groups competing for the show's grand prize.

Every show six groups performed, with only one of them making it through to the grand finale.

But after just one series, the show has now been cancelled by its channel BBC One.

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Pitch Battle: The series sees choirs and singing groups compete for a £50,000 cash prizePitch Battle: The series saw choirs and singing groups compete for a £50,000 cash prize [BBC One]

According to The Sun, a source said: "It just didn't work from the word go and BBC bosses have decided to put it out of its misery after just one series.

"They have trialled some other formats and will replace it with one of those.

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"It’s sadly another failed notch for Mel post-Bake Off, as viewers just never really got on board with it."

The insider added: "Bosses think they could bring it back at some point, but it seems very unlikely."

Pitch Battle: Gareth Malone and Kelis are the main judges on the seriesPitch Battle: Gareth Malone and Kelis were the main judges on the now-cancelled series [BBC One]

Meanwhile, fans of Mel will be glad to know she will still be appearing on their screens on Saturday nights.

The host will apparently still work with the BBC to front their replacement for Pitch Battle.

Mel will co-host a reboot of The Generation Game with Sue Perkins.

The pair will be reunite on screen for the first time time since they both quit the Great British Bake Off last year.

Mel Giedroyc and Sue PerkinsPitch Battle: Mel is teaming up with Sue Perkins to host a reboot of The Generation Game [Getty]

The presenters, along with Mary Berry, left the series after its move from BBC One to Channel 4.

Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig replaced the duo on the new series which started earlier this month.

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