The BBC has announced a change to this weekend’s scheduling, swapping episode one of ‘Pitch Battle’ for another, which had initially been scheduled for later in the series.
The series opener was due to air on Saturday (17 June), but bosses have now announced that they will show the second episode of the series instead, with the swap being made in light of the Grenfell Tower fire.
This change has been made because some of the content in the first episode is not suitable for broadcast so soon after the tragic events.
A statement issued by the BBC read (via Digital Spy): “Following the tragic fire in London today, due to song lyrics and themes, the decision has been taken to replace the original opening episode of ‘Pitch Battle’with another episode.”
The all-new programme sees six choir group or vocal acts performing for judges Gareth Malone and Kelis (!), as well as guest judges.
Saturday’s show will now include Will Young alongside Gareth.
Speaking earlier this week, choirmaster Gareth explained why he isn’t the new Simon Cowell.
He said: “I will be giving proper feedback, using technical terms, talking about dynamics and choral support.
“What ‘Strictly’ does for dance, we will do for music and I can hand-on-heart say that that hasn’t happened on a Saturday-night music entertainment show before.”
‘Pitch Battle’ will air on BBC One at 7.30pm, on Saturday 17 June.
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