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But Can They Sing? is a reality television series that premiered on October 30, 2005 on VH1 as part of its celebreality programming. Hosted by Ahmet Zappa, the series was partially based on NBC's announced but abandoned project I'm a Celebrity but I Wanna Be a Pop Star (originally entitled Celebrity Pop Superstar).[1] Like its network predecessor, it was produced by Granada America.[1] In January 2006 VH1 announced that the show would not return for a second season.

But Can They Sing?
But Can They Sing? (logo).svg
GenreReality Television
Directed byAlan Carter
Steve Paley
Presented byJames Curreri
Ahmet Zappa
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Jay Karas[1]
Andee Kuroda[1]
Paul Jackson[1]
Curt Northrup[1]
Jeff Olde[1]
Lee Rolontz[1]
Claire McCabe[1]
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Granada America[1]
Original networkVH1
Original releaseOctober 30 (2005-10-30) –
December 4, 2005 (2005-12-04)[2]



Nine celebrities set out to prove their singing prowess in an American Idol-style competition, while viewers voted online on their favorite performers. The celebrities were aided in their quest by movement/dance instructor Tony Michaels and vocal coaches Jackie Simley-Stevens and Rachel Riggs. The winner's favorite charity received $50,000.


Singing Cast

During Week 6, all nine contestants (except Joe Pantoliano) returned to perform Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen, 1975).

  • Not aired (*)


  • Week 2: Myrka Dellanos, Kim Alexis Joe Pantoliano
  • Week 3: Larry Holmes
  • Week 4: Antonio Sabato Jr.
  • Week 5: Bai Ling
  • Week 6: Morgan Fairchild, Carmine Gotti-Agnello


  • Michael Copon performed This Is How We Do It with the other contestants (except Joe Pantoliano) singing back-up to close out the week 6 show. Copon's charity, Shaken Baby Alliance, received $50,000 from his win.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Martin, Denise (24 August 2005). "VH1 sings for 'Superstar'". Daily Variety. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bonko, Larry (6 December 2005). "He can sing! Chesapeake native wins VH1 contest". The Virginian-Pilot. p. B10.

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