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Starstruck: Who are the judges of the ITV show?

Let’s meet the judges of ITV’s new Saturday night show (Pictures: ITV)

As The Masked Singer wraps up for another series, ITV is ready and waiting with its new Saturday night talent show, Starstruck.

Waiting in the wings to launch immediately afterwards, the new programme follows a similar format to the classic programme Stars in Their Eyes, with regular members of the public being transformed into iconic singers – but this time they’re superfans working in teams, and there’s a £50,000 prize up for grabs.

Speaking to This Morning’s Josie Gibson on Wednesday, host Olly Murs said of the show: ‘I’m so excited, it’s amazing. It’s such fun and we’ve got a great judging panel.

‘The contestants are brilliant and the transformations have been insane!’

Now let’s meet those judges, who are set to join us through six episodes of the brand-new competition.

Adam Lambert

Adam has flown over from the US to take part (Picture: ITV/Nicky Johnston)

American Idol breakout star Adam Lambert, 40, is the series’ international signing.

Rising to fame as the runner-up on the US TV competition in 2009, the singer songwriter has since sold over three million albums and five million singles worldwide, and was the first openly gay artist to top the US album charts in 2012 with Trespassing.

Since 2011, the star has also collaborated with rock band Queen as lead vocalist for Queen + Adam Lambert, singing the vocally challenging parts of late music icon and former Queen member Freddie Mercury.

Beverley Knight

Beverley has had success on a TV talent show before (Picture: ITV/Nicky Johnston)

Beverley Knight, 48, is a queen of the West End, currently starring in new musical The Drifters Girl at London’s Garrick Theatre.

The singer released her first critically acclaimed album in 1995, and her second, Prodigal Sista, brought her five top 40 hits.

The Brit nominee has also been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for her third album, Who I Am, and achieved wider recognition after taking part in BBC music duetting show Just the Two of Us, where she broke out of her previous genre of soul.

As well as more charts success, Knight has appeared in Whitney Huston’s role of Rachel Marron in the musical adaptation of The Bodyguard twice, as well as Cats and Memphis. She’s also formed musical theatre supergroup Leading Ladies with Olivier award-winning Cassidy Janson and Gee star Amber Riley.

Sheridan Smith

Sheridan’s going back to her musical theatre roots (Picture: ITV/Nicky Johnston)

Sheridan Smith, 40, is perhaps best known for her triumphant roles as Cilla Black in 2014 TV drama Cilla, as well as appearances on sitcoms including The Royale Family, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Jonathan Creek.

A Bafta winner for Mrs Biggs, as well as a two-time Emmy nominee and a double Olivier award winner, the star is at home on stage as she is the screen and has appeared in musicals including Legally Blonde and Funny Girl.

She has also released two albums and has recently been dominating our TV screens with turns in Stephen Port drama Four Lives, Channel 5’s The Teacher and ITV’s No Return.

Jason Manford

Jason brings comedy and singing chops (Picture: ITV/Nicky Johnston)

Jason Manford is a comedian and presenter, best known for his appearances as team captain on 8 Out of 10 Cats from 2007 until 2010 and his time co-hosting BBC’s The One Show in 2010.

Despite joking to This Morning that he felt his inclusion in the panel was like ‘if Bananaman joined the Avengers’, the star is actually from a musical family and has shown off his singing voice in stage productions including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Producers and Curtains.

His dramatic roles on TV include Moving On, Ordinary Lies and Ripper Street.

Starstruck starts at 8:30pm on Saturday, February 12 on ITV.

 


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