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Sky 1 is getting three new original shows. And they're certainly diverse.

'Sing It' is the UK's first a capella singing contest, sort of like the BBC's 'Pitch Battle' but with no instruments whatsoever (if you've seen 'Pitch Perfect', you know what to expect).

'Revolution' is an extreme sports action-entertainment show that pitches skateboarders, BMXers and skaters against one another, sort of like a UFC of extreme sports.

And 'Carmageddon' is an "epic clash where pimped-up, battle-ready cars will face their judgement day", a bit like 'Robot Wars' but with full-size cars.

These are all working titles, so their names could change before broadcast.

Cat Deeley will host 'Sing It' in her first UK presenting gig since becoming a mainstay of US TV. Groups will battle it out in a medley round, iconic artist covers and showdowns with rival groups before the winner gets the chance to record an album at Abbey Road Studios and release a Christmas single.

A "famous musical guest" will perform each week, as will house group The Sons of Pitches, a multi-award-winning vocal collective.

"We have the best performers on the show – they have no backing tracks and no instruments, just their own incredible voices and talent," said host Cat Deeley. "The British a capella scene is so exciting and I'm thrilled to be able to be a part of it."

'Sing It' will air in September, with the other two shows following in 2018.

Phil Edgar Jones, head of entertainment at Sky, said: "We're making Sky 1 even bigger, bolder and better by bringing these three epic entertainment shows to the channel. The adrenalin-fuelled 'Revolution' brings a unique entertainment spin on extreme sports, 'Carmageddon' turns cars into monsters and 'Sing It' celebrates the joy of the unaccompanied voice at its purest. There's something to get everyone either on the edge of their seats or dancing round the living room."

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