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Spike, Lionsgate team with Christina Aguilera

Formats-logo-460_2Christina AguileraUS channel Spike, producer Lionsgate Television and singer Christina Aguilera are working up a music-themed game show.

Tracks, which Mission Control Media (Hollywood Game Night) and Aguilera’s MX Productions are producing in association with Lionsgate, will debut as a half-hour special on Viacom Media Networks-owned Spike later this year.

The format will see teams of two guessing song titles by just listening to the individual tracks alone, such as the guitar or vocal. It will feature surprise celebrity music guests, who will perform tracks that may or may not be their own.

Singer Aguilera, who has six Grammys to her name, has been a judge of NBC ratings juggernaut The Voice since the Talpa Media format debuted in the US in 2011. Her prodco, MX, was founded last year and soon scored a first-look deal with Lionsgate.

She will executive produce with Matthew Rutler (MasterClass), her fiancé and business partner in MX, and Mission Control’s Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control.

Spike’s executive VP, original series, Sharon Levy, and senior VP, original programming Chachi Senior will oversee the broadcaster’s involvement, along with executive in charge of production Tori Socha. Lionsgate TV’s executive, alternative programming, Jennifer O’Connell, and VP Brian Tannenbaum will represent the studio.

Further details on the host and production will be announced “shortly”.

“Having finely tuned my ear for music over the years, I thought it would be fun to test other folks and see if they can identify a track – with a twist – since contestants will have to focus on a single component of a song,” said Aguilera.

She noted Tracks was the first fruits of MX’s first-look deal with Lionsgate.