'The Singing Bee' Launches World's First Interactive Handheld Karaoke Player
'The Singing Bee' Launches World's First Interactive Handheld Karaoke Player
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
In line with the return of The Singing Bee, and the karaoke trend that has arguably become a national pastime, NBC's hit series, the Gurin Company and Juma Entertainment, LLC have decided to team up for an exclusive licensing partnership with Outrageous International for the release of The Singing Bee i-Sing, the world's first interactive, handheld MP3-Karaoke player.

The Singing Bee i-Sing, which will be available in time for the holidays, is a bee-styled device that will allow users to sing along their favorite tunes, listen to top hits, and record their own voices all at once.  Described as the ultimate handled portable device, it's the first of its kind that merges together karaoke technologies with MP3.

Unlike other MP3 players, i-Sing displays lyrics on its screen and even has an internal speaker and a microphone.  Upon loading the songs, users can add lyrics onto the digital device, and sing-along.  Moreover, users can opt to for the actual vocals of the song to accompany them, giving them the opportunity to have duets with their favorite singers, or simply just sing over the melody on their own.

As the karaoke-themed spelling bee-style show increases its following, i-Sing will also attempt to help aspiring contestants learn the lyrics and improve their vocals, even if they do not land a spot on national television.

"We're thrilled for the opportunity to collaborate with The Singing Bee, whom we view as a natural and ideal partner," Alan J. Sutton, Chairman of Outrageous International, manufacturer of i-Sing, said in a statement.  "Not only is The Singing Bee a thoroughly entertaining program, but it further demonstrates that music and singing a part of our every day lives.  The Singing Bee i-Sing will offer aspiring singers and music lovers everywhere... More music fun with an innovative MP3 experience, allowing them to showcase all that they've got anywhere at anytime!"

Meanwhile, fans can catch The Singing Bee every Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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