BY JOHN KIESEWETTER
Nick Lachey is heading home to lead Cincinnati’s “Clash of the Choirs” ensemble for NBC’s four-night prime-time holiday special.
Lachey, a 1992 School for Creative and Performing Arts School graduate, will perform with about two dozen local singers selected from auditions this weekend, NBC announced Tuesday. Lachey will not attend the auditions.
NBC also has changed the venues and times for Saturday’s open casting call. Instead of 10 a.m. at SCPA, auditions will begin 9 a.m. at the Walnut Hills High School arts and sciences wing, 3250 Victory Parkway.
Auditions by appointment Friday – which are all booked – also will be at Walnut Hills High School.
Singers must be at least 18 and prepared to sing 16 bars a cappella, says Jonathan Tanzman, casting director. Singers also should bring an application which will be posted by early Wednesday at http://www.nbc.com/Casting/#clash, he says.
At least the first 300 will be seen Saturday, says Amber James, NBC spokeswoman. Auditions close at 6 p.m.
Lachey’s chorus will be competing these four celebrity choirs from other cities: Patti LaBelle, Philadelphia; Kelly Rowland (Destiny’s Child), Houston; Michael Bolton, New Haven, Conn.; and country singer Blake Shelton, Oklahoma City.
“Clash of the Choirs” will air Dec. 17-20 on Channels 5, 2. Viewers will vote to determine America’s best choir.