The BBC has defended Gary Barlow’s search for a stage show boyband, Let It Shine, after it was revealed that winning quintet Five to Five won’t have a single line of dialogue in the upcoming Take That musical.
Viewers expressed outrage when they learned that The Band was not in fact the story of the band, but rather that of five teenage girls – all of whom have been cast off screen.
The BBC has defended the show after some viewers took to Twitter to say they had been left “feeling conned” by the starry BBC1 talent show, assuming that the winning boyband would take the starring roles.
@GaryBarlow@BBC Feeling conned after watching Let It Shine. Deliberately misleading the public is not on. Shame on you! #letitshine
“We always said we were casting for a band to appear in a musical based on the music of Take That and that they had to be able to sing and dance – i.e. like a boyband. And that the winners would sing and dance to 14 Take That numbers in Gary’s musical. We never said we were casting actors”, a spokesperson for the broadcaster told RadioTimes.com.
So the #LetItShine winners aren't actually going to be the stars of the new Gary Barlow musical? Slightly misleading methinks👀
However, the spokesperson also stressed that the band will be “front and centre of the musical”, despite having no lines of dialogue.
A spokesperson for the musical has also countered earlier reports that the Let It Shine winners will just be “backing singers”.
“We can assure fans of Let It Shine that AJ Bentley, Curtis T Johns, Nick Carsberg, Sario Solomon, Yazdan Qafouri will be front and centre for The Band musical singing 14 of Take That’s songs. There are lots of exciting elements to the plot of the show and when we are finally able to unveil these, everything will make sense”, they said.
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