Must Be the Music



Fearne Cotton


Judges: Sharleen Spiteri, Jamie Cullum, Dizzee Rascal

Web coverage (Must Be the Music Backstage): Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom


Princess Productions for Sky1, 8 August to 19 September 2010


Fearne Cotton hosts a talent competition open to any kind of music act. Nationwide auditions, overseen by judges, former Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri, jazz singer Jamie Cullum, and rapper Dylan Mills aka Dizzee Rascal, result in 15 acts being put through to one of three studio-based semi-finals. In these live shows, the public can vote for their favourites to progress to the final, held at Wembley Arena. The winner receives £100,000, and creative and promotional support.

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Sky was taken to court in early 2014 on the grounds that Must Be the Music infringed upon a programme idea developed by a couple several months before Must Be the Music aired. The couple alleged the programme had copied their ideas to have contestants perform original songs, have songwriters as judges, and to make performances available for download immediately after each episode. The judge in the case ruled that through its evidence, Sky had proven that Must Be the Music had been developed independently, and thus ruled in Sky's favour.

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