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Sheridan Smith quits ITV talent show ‘Starstruck’

Sheridan Smith on Starstruck
Sheridan Smith won't be back for Starstruck. (ITV)

Sheridan Smith has quit her judging role on ITV contest Starstruck after just one season.

The Cilla and Mrs Biggs star was one of the judging panel on the tribute act singing contest when it launched earlier this year, but ITV has confirmed that she will not be returning.

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Smith, 41, is apparently unable to continue with Starstruck because of other work commitments, with an ITV spokesperson telling Mail Online: "We would have loved Sheridan to have returned to the show but she has sadly had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with a new acting project.

"The team absolutely loved working with her, she was a fantastic judge and provided some invaluable feedback to the contestants. We wish her all the best."

Sheridan Smith judged with Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford. (ITV)
Sheridan Smith judged with Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford. (ITV)

Starstruck featured amateur singers competing as tribute acts to stars they were superfans of, with groups of performers portraying the same act taking part in teams in the earlier rounds before going solo for the final.

The judging panel also featured Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford, although it has not yet been confirmed whether they will return.

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Earlier this year, TV viewers expressed surprise at the number of projects busy star Smith had been involved in.

Sheridan Smith attends
Sheridan Smith has a scheduling clash with an acting project. (Getty Images)

As well as appearing on Starstruck, she also starred in TV dramas Four Lives, The Teacher and No Return within a short space of time.

Smith features in the new film remake of The Railway Children alongside Jenny Agutter and Tom Courtenay.

Agutter also starred in the original version and Smith told Yahoo: “We’d been filming for quite a while and it was building up to Jenny coming onto the set.

“We were all so excited and nervous. When Jenny walked on set towards the end of the shoot, it was like royalty arriving! Everyone turned out in the village. I think I bobbed a bit! It was breath taking and just an honour.”

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