Comedian Jason Manford is a judge on the new ITV singing competition Starstruck alongside Sheridan Smith, Adam Lambert and Beverley Knight
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ITV may have some words with Jason Manford following his appearance on Sunday Brunch.
The new singing competition sees a trio of singers transform into their musical idols for a chance to win an impressive £50,000 prize.
Jason sat on the panel as one of the judges, along with Sheridan Smith, Adam Lambert and Beverley Knight.
It’s no secret that the show’s format bears a lot of resemblance to the much-loved TV show Star in Their Eyes, which first premiered on ITV in July 1990.
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Speaking of Starstruck, Jason told Sunday Brunch hosts Simon Rimmer and Miquita Oliver: “Oh, it’s great! I mean, to be fair, I know they told me not to say it but for now. It’s Stars In Eyes!”
“We’re told not to be called that! But as long as we’re all on the same page!” Miquita later revealed.
Simon seemed to want to try moving the conversation and saying, “So for someone who hasn’t seen it, let us know the format because I love it.”
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“So the big difference between the classic Star In their Eyes is that instead of one artist, you get three. So three Elton Johns, three Miley Cyrus ‘, three Lady Gagas.
“And they come in front of us and we’re going to pick the best team of the night, so it’s like a team game,” Jason added.
Ian Moor won the 1999 season of Stars In their Eyes as Chris de Burgh with Lady In Red.
The following year, he became the Champion of the show.
But Ian, 48, said Starstruck is not a patch of the original series, hosted by Matthew Kelly and running on ITV from 1990 to 2006.
Ian, now a school lab technician and no longer performing, says: “I’ve always tended to prefer the original over the remake, with only a few exceptions… and Starstruck is not. is one of them.
“Olly Murs is a logical choice for a host, but let’s face it, he’s not Matthew Kelly.”
When asked if he has any advice for the producers of Starstruck – which came out last weekend – Ian replied: “Don’t try to dig too deep into the contestants, make it more about entertaining. .
“One thing I hate about people like The the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent is that they were too intrusive. Entertainment should draw a line and they crossed it.”
Sunday Brunch airs at 9:30 am on Channel 4 every Sunday.
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