About the Show
"The Winner Is" is the only show where singing six songs can win you $1 million. A first of its kind, "The Winner Is" infuses the performance of a singing competition show and the strategy of a game show into one thrilling series. Average people of all ages and vocal styles have the opportunity to turn their singing abilities into cold hard cash, but first they have to put their mouth where our money is. "The Winner Is" is not about fame or a recording contract. It's about everyday people looking for the opportunity to win a million dollars and make their dreams come true.
Hosted by Nick Lachey, each episode features six acts that go head-to-head each week and sing with everything they have for a shot at a million-dollar grand prize. The aim of the game is simple: contestants must believe in their own performance, edge out their competition and avoid cash temptations to move forward.
Each episode consists of three rounds. In the first round, the contestants are offered $10,000 to leave the game, $25,000 in round two and $50,000 in round three. Resisting these offers and winning over the audience is the only way to win a spot in the finale, where the offers rise dramatically and lead two lucky acts to a final showdown worth $1,000,000.
After each head-to-head matchup, a jury of 101 music lovers votes live on who they feel gave the better performance in the duel. The two vote tallies are revealed on stage, but those results are not immediately revealed. This is where the negotiations begin. The contestants only have a short amount of time to decide whether to take the cash or risk it all to stay in the game and be one step closer to the $1 million grand prize. If they feel they have been outperformed, they should accept the cash offer and leave the game. But if they have the guts, they bet on themselves and stay in the game.
"The Winner Is" is a presentation of Talpa Media USA Inc. and Universal Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who executives produces along with, Craig Plestis and Stijn Bakkers.