Producers of a singing show are jumping on the a cappella bandwagon.
19 Entertainment, the producer of “American Idol,” and parent company CORE Media Group have signed an exclusive deal with Varsity Vocals, a collegiate a cappella organization, to develop a show.
Varsity Vocals organizes the International Championship of A Cappella, and the show will be built around that competition and the students participating in it.
NBC is also getting in on the action, reviving its “Sing Off” a cappella competition, though it was recently announced judge Sara Bareilles would not be returning. Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman were also judges, and Nick Lachey hosted.
This all comes on the heels of the surprise success of film “Pitch Perfect,” which followed an a cappella group national college competition. The film starred Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Adam DeVine, John Michael Higgins and Elizabeth Banks.
A sequel to “Pitch Perfect” has also been greenlighted. The original grossed over $110 million at the box office, and another $90 million in video sales. Its soundtrack album was also a hit.
“American Idol” is in its 12th season on Fox. It air Wednesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.