Harry Hill to present new series of Stars in their Eyes on ITV

The TV Burp comedian will front the show in which hopefuls emulate their favourite singing stars, as it returns after eight years

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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.

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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.

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ITV executive Elaine Bedell told trade magazine Broadcast that the channel is hoping to develop more programme ideas with Hill.