Harry Hill for Stars In Their Eyes
10:29am Friday 22nd August 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Harry Hill is to host a brand new revival of TV singing show Stars In Their Eyes.
ITV has announced that the revamp of the classic Saturday night show will feature all-new extraordinary transformations, with members of the public becoming their chosen pop stars with help from the industry's leading make-up and wardrobe stylists to perform their musical tributes.
Harry said: "Without a doubt, appearing on Stars In Their Eyes as Morrissey all those years ago - although beaten, unfairly in my view, by Kirsty Young's Peggy Lee - was one of the highlights of my light entertainment career.
"So imagine the smile bought to my lips when I was asked by ITV at a secret breakfast meeting in a top London hotel to take the reigns of this Rolls-Royce of pop-impression talent shows and walk in the footsteps of showbiz giants Crowther, Kelly and Deeley! And on ITV too! Dust off the wigs and sequins - I'm coming home!"
The new series - from Initial, an Endemol company - promises to bring back the familiar dry ice and sliding doors in a brand new arena, as contestants compete to perform the best impersonation of their pop idols.
Mirella Breda, creative director of Initial, said: "It's incredibly exciting to be reviving a legendary format for ITV. Harry's brilliantly original comedic style offers a fresh twist and a unique spin on the series, which promises to appeal to audiences both old and new."
Stars In Their Eyes was originally hosted by Leslie Crowther in 1990 before Matthew Kelly took over in 1993. Davina McCall has hosted a special edition and Cat Deeley fronted the show between 2003 and 2006.
As well as the regular version, there have also been Junior and Celebrity editions.