Footballer Rio Ferdinand and ex-cricketer Andrew Flintoff will form part of the judging panel for ITV1’s sport/entertainment crossover talent show Let’s Get Gold, the channel has announced.
Also sitting on the programme’s celebrity panel will be actress Martine McCutcheon and Saturdays singer Una Healy.
Let’s Get Gold, which will be hosted by Vernon Kay, will run for three consecutive nights next month. The pre-recorded programme asks 15 local teams from across the UK to turn their sport into an entertaining routine, with a £100,000 prize fund as an incentive.
Ferdinand, who was controversially omitted from the Euro 2012 squad by England coach Roy Hodgson, said Let’s Get Gold was “set to be a fantastic show”. Flintoff, the Ashes-winning cricketer who retired in 2010 to concentrate on a media career, commented that he “can’t wait to get started”.
Suzy Lamb, head of entertainment at production company Thames, added: “We are delighted to be confirming a line up of judges who have experience right across the sports and entertainment arenas. Teams will be displaying their skills in disciplines as wide-ranging as martial arts and cheerleading, and the panel will be looking for the UK’s biggest and brightest sporting talents to showcase their skills like they’ve never been seen before.”