TV Quickfire: Olly Murs on ITV Starstruck’s new tribute act talent show

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH STARSTRUCK?

Obviously, I just fell in love with the idea – people turn into icons to sing on stage. There was something that really appealed to me about it, because that’s who I am. I don’t want a controversial series, I don’t want a stressful series; I want a show that’s really enjoyable, fun, and entertaining – and that’s what this show has in abundance.

IT RECALLS MEMORIES OF ANOTHER CLASSIC TRIBUTE SHOW…

Look, everybody’s gonna sit here and say “Stars in Their Eyes,” but this 90s show was one of my favorite shows to watch. I absolutely loved it. And so, to have a new show called Starstruck, which is a modernized version of it with the jury, and not just an icon on stage, you have three.

WHO IS PART OF THE JURY?

Well you have Adam Lambert who is an amazing singer. We all know he’s rock royalty. He’s been a part of Queen for a long, long time and he probably fills the boots of one of Freddie Mercury’s most iconic singers. He sang in front of Cher, he performed with Lady Gaga, he met all the big stars. He’s like the Tom Jones of the panel – who hasn’t he met or played with?

You have Sheridan Smith, who has been an actress, she has been on stage, she can also sing. Beverly Knight? Come on! We’ve all seen The Bodyguard, haven’t we? I mean, she was crazy in there, so to be able to sing Whitney Houston songs like she did. She’s an incredible singer.

Jason Manford is a comedian – but he was an actor. He has done musicals, plays and he can sing. These are all things that people don’t know about Jason. He released an album. He sang in different West End shows. We all know he’s a funny guy, he’s got a lot of spirit and great energy, but he also knows what it’s like to be on stage, to perform and to be someone else .

WHAT ARE JUDGES LOOKING FOR?

Well, I think what’s really good about the panel is that they’re all looking for different things. They don’t even have to look like [the star] but they at least sound like them – that’s the key, isn’t it? Because you might be able to play and watch and dance like that, but if your voice doesn’t quite sound like that icon, that’s hard, isn’t it? What are you looking for. I think that’s what’s so great about the panel.

WHAT MAKES NOW THE RIGHT TIME FOR STARSTRUCK?

I think it’s the right time because it’s been a really bad year, and really bad weather for everyone. I think you really feel that about the people I’ve met; shopping every day, seeing people in masks, it just feels like people are feeling a little down, a little depressed and a little… they need to be lifted up, they need a little lift positivity, they need a little fun.

People just get to a point where they want to watch a good Saturday night show; where you don’t have to think too much about it. For me, that’s what you want – Saturday night feeling good on TV, and that’s a good laugh.

:: Starstruck airs Saturdays at 8.30pm on ITV and is available on ITV Hub

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