BBC debuts TV show with Gary Barlow to give singers chance to Let It Shine


Gary Barlow is joining forces with the BBC for a new Saturday night entertainment show to be presented by Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc.

BBC One's Let It Shine will put together a group who will join the cast of new stage show The Band, which features the music of Take That.

The stage production is created in association with Gary and his Take That bandmates Mark Owen and Howard Donald.

Gary Barlow in BBC One's Let It Shine (Guy Levy/BBC)
Gary Barlow in BBC One's Let It Shine (Guy Levy/BBC)

Talking about the new series, Gary said: "Back in 1989, we were just a group of normal guys from Manchester who came together to become Take That.

"The secret to our success was that each of us brought something different to the group and that the five of us had real chemistry.

"Now with Let It Shine we're looking for people from all walks of life to form another unique group who can re-create that magic. If you think you've got what it takes, we want to see it."

Over eight weeks of competition, Gary and three mentors will be looking for talented individuals to form a new group exuding Take That's showmanship and stage presence.

BBC One host Graham Norton (BBC)
BBC One host Graham Norton (BBC)

Co-presenter Graham said he is looking forward to helming the forthcoming series.

"The combination of the BBC, everyone's favourite band and Saturday nights made this an offer I simply couldn't refuse. If I wasn't a part of Let It Shine I know I would be watching it at home - this way I just get the best seat in the house."

Mel, who will soon be back on screen co-hosting The Great British Bake Off with Sue Perkins, said Let It Shine will be "utterly spectacular".

Mel Giedroyc (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

"This show brings together so many of the things I love - singing, dancing, Gary Barlow and Graham Norton. What's not to love? I can't wait to meet the singers and see the performances which I know will be utterly spectacular.

"If you know someone who's got the moves, whether they already sing in the shower or on the stage, we want to see them."