Olly Murs will bring you all the fun of fan tribute acts when he hosts Starstruck on ITV, which begins on Saturday February 12. So how does it work ? Well, if you take the popular talent show from the 1990s Stars in their eyesgive it a team touch, add a chart-topping singer to feature and have four famous faces judge, that’s probably a good description of ITV’s brand new Saturday night extravaganza, Starstruck.
The eight-part series sees ordinary audience members undergo extraordinary makeovers to transform them into some of the world’s greatest music icons. But the hopefuls won’t be performing on stage alone, as they will instead form a trio with others who also love the same superstar. Each episode will follow four sets of trios as they go head-to-head, starting with the first episode with performances paying tribute to Freddie Mercury, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Marvin Gaye.
Beverley Knight’s Star Panel, Adam LambertJason Manford and Sheridan Smith must then choose their favorite team to sing again. But this time the trio will go head-to-head, with the best solo sound advancing to the grand final where they’ll have a chance to walk away with a £50,000 prize.
“We all remember Stars in their eyes, so it was good to refresh the whole thing. When I first walked on the Starstruck stage, I couldn’t believe how big it was and just the size of the show – it was like being at the O2 in London! I was like, “Wow, that’s huge!” And then you have these big stars like beverlySheridan and Adam – and Jason, who’s an even bigger diva!
“What’s refreshing is that we have modern artists on the show. A guy who plays Rag’n’Bone Man gets tattooed and cuts his hair to look exactly like him. It’s amazing! “
“I love it. There’s so much going on but it’s something I really wanted to do. I’m really enjoying the show, the contestants and the judges are great. It’s a whole new format, with me l host and four of the judges who’ve never worked together before. So it’s like everyone’s new, everyone’s fresh, which I think is great for the viewers. There’s even a ‘Team Olly Murs’! It’s a really humbling and quite emotional moment. I could have hugged them!”
Who would Olly Murs turn into for ITV’s ‘Starstruck’?
Olly Murs says, “It must be Tom Jones. I have been working with him for a few years on The Voice UK and I feel like I know him well enough to be him. I might need a little more work on the Welsh accent! I need to lower the accent and somehow I need to get my hair a bit more curly. I think if I could master that, then I’d have Tom down!”
Starstruck begins on ITV on Saturday February 12 at 8:30 p.m. and runs weekly. Take a look at Sheridan in the Starstruck trailer below…