TLC to Open The Singing Office

Reality Competition to Debut on Cable Network June 29

TLC said Wednesday that it set June 29 as the launch date for its latest series, The Singing Office.

The hour show is a reality competition in which hosts Mel B (Spice Girls) and Joey Fatone (*NSYNC) "ambush" unsuspecting offices, holding impromptu singing contests to pick candidates for a five-person team. Then it is off to a singers' boot camp, where they will be coached for an eventual sing-off, judged by the studio audience, capped by a $50,000 grand-prize winner.

In a twist on the American Idol format, the initial judging will be by the audience, with the final judging by a panel of music pros.

The Singing Office will air Sundays at 9 p.m.

The series is also being promoted via a 10-market radio campaign in which DJs will ask listeners to participate in their own online auditions for a shot at a karaoke machine and a chance for a grand prize HDTV/karaoke home theater.