If a new show absolutely must join the already jam-packed lineup of reality-singing competitions on the airwaves, at least it's a series where contestants will be in physical peril for our amusement. Deadline reports that TruTV is jumping into a field crowded with American Idol, The Voice, The X Factor, The Sing-Off, Karaoke Battle USA, and lord knows what else with Killer Karaoke, a take-off of a British show called Sing If You Can. It's hard to get excited about yet another hour of Journey covers during prime time, but this helps: It's "described as the Wipeout of singing competitions" where contestants try "to sing a hit song while being put through extreme, wild and unexpected physical challenges."
Go on, we're listening.
The original series has featured challenges like "performing a song from a specially designed erupting volcano and doing a solo while having one's chest waxed." This sounds like a job for a Jackass, and fittingly Steve-O has been tapped to host Killer Karaoke. You may remember him from the Porta-Potty Sling Shot and his frequent habit of stapling his genitals to his leg.
A quick search for YouTube clips from Sing If You Can -- which features British celebs -- reveals absolutely amazing descriptions like "Roxanne Pallett getting dunked in all kinds of crap while singing 'The Wanted' " and "Jodie Prenger singing 'Rescue Me' with snakes." Well, now we're talking! Examples below: