It’s been revealed today that as part of ITV’s efforts to revamp their frankly lame post-X Factor Saturday night line-up, iconic TV show Stars In Their Eyes is to be given a reboot and a revamp, and will be entitled, Your Face Sounds Familiar.
And despite the also frankly lame title, the show promises to bring back all the familiarity of the hit show Stars, with a modern-day twist.
Billed as “a cross between” the old Matthew Kelly show and The X Factor, ITV promises to add a “massive dollop of fun” when the show debuts later this year.
The Sun’s TV Biz reports, “Seven celebrities will impersonate different music stars over six weeks.
“A panel of judges will give them points for their performance, while the public will vote for the winner.”
Your Face Sounds Familiar apparently originated in Spain, where it became a hit with viewers. It’s also topped telly charts in Italy, Ukraine, Portugal, Romania and Chile, so ITV’s bosses are hoping it will be as well received here.
The celebs taking part in the series will – as mentioned above – feature each week and impersonate different singers on each show until the semi-finals, which is when the eliminations begin. The overall winner will receive a cash prize for their nominated charity.
The judges, who are apparently all set to be music biz favourites – and who will perform as a group – will award points to the acts for their singing, their style and their believability.
The paper adds, “In the first week the star contestants get to choose who they want to mimic — but in the following weeks they must press a buzzer which randomly chooses the pop star they have to impersonate.”
A show insider said, “Bosses have got high hopes for this.
“There is a gap in the market for another big entertainment show, particularly with the decline in ratings for The X Factor.
“It is not going to be the most serious programme and bosses want celebs who are up for some fun and will be pretty gung-ho about it.
“It is all for charity and will be very light-hearted. There will be a lot of laughs along the way.”
What do you think? Does this sound like it could be an epic show, or an epic fail?
For now, here’s a reminder of the original Stars In Their Eyes…