John de Mol’s Talpa has sold its successful music entertainment show “Dream Duets” to Lithuanian public broadcaster Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT). The show captured a big audience in the Netherlands, scoring impressive numbers on SBS6. With a 19,9% average market share in the key demo (25-59), it doubled the time slot average. Talpa Entertainment Productions will produce eight 90-minute episodes with Talpa’s regional partner, ELITAZ Group. The release date on LRT is Saturday, September 3rd.
“Dream Duets” is a Talpa Concepts format, produced by Talpa Entertainment Productions and distributed by Talpa Distribution. The Lithuanian commission comes hot on the heels of the recent Telia acquisition of another Talpa format with ELITAZ Group: the adventure game show “Hunting Season.” “We are thrilled to be the first in the world to produce Dream Duets outside of the Netherlands and more than happy that LRT has chosen this unique format for their new season as primetime shiny floor entertainment. Our team is working hard to ensure the success of this format and help it travel across all Baltic states,” Gediminas Jaunius, Chief Producer of the creative house ELITAZ, stated.
In each episode of “Dream Duets,” six famous singers are welcomed to the studio by a famous hosting duo. They all got the unique opportunity to sing and record a video duet with a singer they would typically never be able to perform. Because that singer is no longer with us, or because that singer is too big a star and therefore inaccessible. Each singer chooses a well-known song from a prominent artist. Not just any music, but a piece with a special meaning to them. Each video duet comes with a touching or funny story.
Anything is possible, from a first dance wedding song to a song that reminds them of a particular moment or a loved one. In the weeks leading up to the show, each artist worked separately on the recording of their dream duet. Thanks to the latest state-of-the-art techniques, they’ll play a lead role in a video clip of the original song. Before watching the video clip, we get to watch the making-off of the clip. The singers performed before a green screen, so they have no idea of the end result yet. This is a surprise that will be revealed during the studio show. Watching the video clips and sharing their stories is bound to create some emotional moments.