Let It Shine

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

Just what is it that makes talent-show judges light up the “Star Way” or turn round their big red chair? It’s hard to tell sometimes, even though none of these hopefuls are as barrel-scrapingly awful as some X Factor contestants.

Still, Gary Barlow’s team, as promised, are warmly encouraging to all while Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc behave as if they’re everyone’s BFF. On ITV those faced with the rejecting backs of four chairs on The Voice have the chummy and supportive Emma Willis to console them.

While both shows got off to a mighty big start – Jennifer Hudson belting out Under Pressure with her fellow coaches and Barlow staging a rather cheesy but extravagant musical number – the jury’s out which one has more razzle dazzle.

Summary

Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc's mission to assemble a new boyband for a nation-touring musical continues. This time, the hopeful stars continue with their solo auditions in front of a studio audience in Manchester. Judges Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp and Amber Riley must decide whether any of the would-be pop princes are worthy of a place in Let It Shine's five-strong headline act, while Graham and Mel keep viewers up to date with all the backstage action, fun and gossip.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Graham Norton
Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Judge Gary Barlow
Judge Dannii Minogue
Judge Martin Kemp
Judge Amber Riley
Director Simon Staffurth
Executive Producer Andrew Cartmell
Executive Producer Guy Freeman
Series Producer Francesca Palmer
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