The judges have been confirmed for Gary Barlow’s new BBC One talent show Let It Shine.
BBC One have announced Martin Kemp, Dannii Minogue and Amber Riley will join Gary on the brand new Saturday night show, which will air next year. Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc have previously been announced as co-hosts of the series.
Over eight weeks of competition, the show will be putting talented individuals through their paces to create a band who will join the cast of a brand new stage show featuring the music of Take That.
It is believed that Gary, Dannii and Martin are permanent judges while Amber will join the competition for the audition stage of the show. It is believed there will be two more stages and announcements about those will be made in due course.
Gary Barlow said: “Dannii, Martin and Amber all bring so much to this panel with the breadth of experience in music, acting, stage and TV. I can’t wait to get started – it’s going to be epic!”
Dannii Minogue added: “I’m so excited to be returning to the UK and joining the judging panel of Let It Shine. To be a performer, you must have a burning desire to perform, then you train at all the skills you need to shine. This show gives everyone that chance. I can’t wait!”
Martin Kemp commented: “I’m so thrilled to be a part of the BBC’s Let It Shine and taking on a role where I will be able to pass on a little of my forty five years’ worth of experience, in music, television and film, to young people just starting out on their journey! It’s a chance to find not just the most talented, but also those who have that something extra special called charisma, that literally will ‘shine’ from the stage. I won’t just be judging, but trying to give a constructive thought that will help them towards winning that incredible final prize!”
Amber Riley said: “One of the unique things about Glee was the covers of popular songs. They became the soundtrack to people’s lives, as well as the characters on the show. I am so excited to see what the UK talent has to offer and share some of my experience on the stage to help them reach their full potential. I’m not just looking for the biggest voices or the biggest personalities, but those who have what it takes to make it on TV and on stage.”
Let It Shine will air in 2017.