Tonight, Harry, ITV will revive Stars in their Eyes, with Harry Hill taking over in the presenting role, as the former Saturday night favourite returns after eight years away.
The singing show in which hopefuls emulate their pop heroes in front of a live audience will come back for a six-part series with Hill expected to provide a more comic touch to the hosting.
The show, which has the catchphrase “Tonight [presenter’s name]….I’m going to be”, began life in 1990 but has been off-air since a celebrity special aired in 2006.
Former presenters have been Leslie Crowther (1990-92), Matthew Kelly (1993-2004), Davina McCall (2003) and Cat Deeley (2003-06) while the most impersonated stars on the show have been Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Celine Dion, George Michael, Madonna and Kylie Minogue.
It offers the vehicle for Hill that ITV promised following the comedian’s decision to ditch his show TV Burp in 2012 after 11 years, and the failure of his West End X Factor stage musical I Can’t Sing, which closed in May just a few weeks into its run.
ITV executive Elaine Bedell told trade magazine Broadcast that the channel is hoping to develop more programme ideas with Hill.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.