Why You Won’t See The Original Launch Episode Of Pitch Battle Tonight

Gareth Malone's Pitch Battle
(Photo: BBC)

Gareth Malone’s new talent contest ‘Pitch Battle’ is set to premiere on TV tonight, however the original launch episode has been pulled from the schedule following London’s Grenfell Tower fire.

BBC bosses decided to switch the order of the shows around after scores of people – including children – tragically lost their lives in the horrific inferno earlier this week.

A spokesman confirmed that some themes and song lyrics by contestants in the original opening show would be considered inappropriate so soon after the shocking incident.

As a result, a different episode than initially planned will be broadcast in its place.

London Grenfell Tower blaze
The Grenfell Tower fire (Photo by Gurbuz Binici /Getty Images)

The BBC spokesman said: “Following the tragic fire in London, due to song lyrics and themes, the decision has been taken to replace the original opening episode of ‘Pitch Battle’ with another episode.”

It is not known exactly which songs were set to be performed in the original premiere show.

‘Pitch Battle’ – based on the US movie Pitch Perfect – is the brainchild of TV choirmaster Gareth, who is behind the likes of the hugely successful shows ‘The Choir’ and ‘The Choir: Military Wives’.

Each week, vocal groups will compete against each other in the hope of being crowned the cream of the crop and scooping a cash prize of £50,000.

Gareth Malone, Kelis
(Photo: Twitter/ @BBCPitchPerfect)

Gareth is on the judging panel, alongside US ‘Milkshake’ star Kelis, and they will be joined by a different guest judge each week.

Among the guests are Chaka Khan, Seal and ex-Jonas Brother and DNCE star Joe Jonas, and the show will be hosted by ‘Great British Bake Off’ presenter Mel Giedroyc.

Meanwhile, following Wednesday’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, thousands of donations of toys and clothing have been flooding in from kind-hearted well-wishers from around the UK.

Find out how how you can help the victims of the disaster here.

Pitch Battle, 7.30pm, BBC One, Saturday 17 June. 

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