Gary Barlow has jostled the judges and presenters into position to plug his new Take That-themed talent show Let It Shine – and it’s a pretty stellar line-up.
The BBC show is hunting for five singers to form a group to star in a stage show based on the Manchester boyband’s glittering career.
Lining up alongside 45-year-old Gary on the judging panel are Spandau Ballet star turned EastEnders badboy Martin Kemp, Glee singer and actress Amber Riley, and former X-Factor judge Dannii Minogue, making her first appearance as a judge on British TV since she sat alongside Simon Cowell in 2011.
“Dannii, Martin and Amber all bring so much to this panel with the breadth of experience in music, acting, stage and TV,” gushed Gazza. “I can’t wait to get started – it’s going to be epic!”
“I’m so excited to be returning to the UK and joining the judging panel of Let It Shine,” added 44-year-old Dannii. “To be a performer, you must have a burning desire to perform, then you train at all the skills you need to shine. This show gives everyone that chance. I can’t wait.”
Glee star Amber is hoping her huge experience in belting out cover versions could prove invaluable to the show. “One of the unique things about Glee was the covers of popular songs,” she said. “They became the soundtrack to people’s lives, as well as the characters on the show.
“I am so excited to see what the UK talent has to offer and share some of my experience on the stage to help them reach their full potential. I’m not just looking for the biggest voices or the biggest personalities, but those who have what it takes to make it on TV and on stage.”
Still-fuming Bake Off fans will be delighted to hear that Mel Giedroyc has been drafted in to handle presenting duties alongside Eurovision host Graham Norton. The show is widely expected to air in January as a replacement for The Voice.