By Lanford Beard
Updated April 04, 2013 at 01:15 PM EDT

Like the bastard child of Glee and Waiting for Guffman, VH1’s upcoming reality series Off Pitch follows Wisconsin’s adult show choir the Grand River Singers. These are performers for whom musical spectaculars have no less importance than life and death. The stakes of getting into GSR become clear when the public reveal of the next year’s line-up plays out with all the drama of The Hunger Games‘ reaping. There are tears, broken friendships, and sequins. Oh yes, there are sequins. Watch an EW exclusive clip below.

Off Pitch premieres Wednesday, April 17 at 10 p.m. ET on VH1.

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