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In what may become the next truly bizarre reality TV show, TruTV has Killer Karaoke set to premiere this Friday night. The series combines singing with a Fear Factor-like element. The preview for the series has host Steve-O escorting a woman from one mystery box to the next as she attempts to sing a Carrie Underwood song.
Hosted by Jackass' Steve-O, Killer Karaoke challenges people to face scary and creepy situations while attempting to sing their favorite songs. It sounds like kind of a mash-up between two different popular reality TV formats, one of which is the overdone singing competition and the other, watching people get terrified. Watching the video below, fear seems to win out over music, as this woman screams her way through Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats."
The set-up reminds me of Syfy's Total Blackout, which has people faced with similar blind situations, some of which are scarier in reality than others. Forcing the contestants to sing through the ordeal is actually kind of funny. Of course, it seems to matter less how they sound as it does that they attempt to sing the song while trying not to get bitten by a snake or a teddy bear or whatever else might be in the box.
Based on what TruTV has on their Killer Karaoike website, it looks like the challenges get even creepier. Singing while sticking your hand in a mystery box might be less of a challenge as singing while being submerged in a tank full of snakes.
Personally, I'd find the idea of singing in public terrifying enough that snakes in a tank wouldn't really be necessary to get my heart racing, but for the purposes of a reality show, it seems to add an extra layer of entertainment to this strange new series.
Killer Karaoke premieres Friday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET on TruTV.