Stars in Their Eyes
|Stars in Their Eyes|
|Created by||Joop van den Ende
|Presented by||Leslie Crowther (1990–92)
Matthew Kelly (1993–2002; 2003–4)
Davina McCall (stand-in: 2003)
Cat Deeley (2004–06)
Harry Hill (2015–)
|Voices of||Andrew Brittain
Peter Dickson (stand-in)
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||16 (main series)
4 (junior series)
|No. of episodes||166 (main series)
33 (junior series) (List of episodes)
|Running time||30 minutes (1990–93)
45 minutes (1994–2006)
|Production company(s)||Granada in association with J. E. Entertainment and Action Time (1990–2006)
|Picture format||4:3 (1990–2000)
16:9 (2001–06, 2015–)
|Original airing||21 July 1990|
|Related shows||Your Face Sounds Familiar|
Stars in Their Eyes is a British television talent show that ran on Saturday nights from 21 July 1990 until 23 December 2006 in which contestants impersonate showbiz stars. It was produced by Granada for ITV, based on Joop van den Ende's Dutch format, Soundmixshow. A revived version of the show will be hosted by Harry Hill in 2015.
It remains one of Britain's most successful shows attracting around 13 million viewers for the live grand final at the end of each series. It has one of the most memorable catchphrases in TV history: "Tonight (presenter name), I'm going to be..." and was named most popular entertainment show at the National Television Awards in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
Stars in Their Eyes is a talent show where contestants get the chance to appear and sing live, as a famous singer. The show is most importantly a 'soundalike' show, but they are also dressed up to look as close as possible to the singer they are impersonating, often with wigs and heavy makeup.
The contestants appear firstly as themselves, talking briefly to the host about their lives and giving clues as to who they are going to be performing as, finishing with the now famous catchphrase 'Tonight [presenter name] I'm going to be...' The contestants then disappear through the equally famous doors, and reappear as the famous singer they are going to impersonate (The word 'singer' could be used loosely as in 1997 Julian Clary who is not known for his vocal skills was impersonated on the show by Steve Edward).
At the end of the show, the studio audience vote for their favourite, and the winner is announced. The winners from each show in the series return for the grand final to perform once more.
Grand Final (1990–1992)
In the original Leslie Crowther version, the grand finals were pre-recorded and the winner of the whole series was voted for by the studio audience.
Grand Final (1993–2005)
When Matthew Kelly took over, the grand finals were broadcast live and the winner of the whole series was voted for by the viewing public through the phone lines and in some years online as well. The winner was announced later on that same evening in a separate broadcast.
- Series 1 – Maxine Barrie as Shirley Bassey
- Series 2 – Bernard Wenton as Nat "King" Cole
- Series 3 – Amanda Normansell as Patsy Cline
- Series 4 – Jacquii Cann as Alison Moyet
- Series 5 – John Finch as Marti Pellow
- Series 6 – Lee Griffiths as Bobby Darin
- Series 7 – Paul Doody as Marti Pellow
- Series 8 – Faye Dempsey as Olivia Newton-John
- Series 9 – Jason Searle as Neil Diamond
- Series 10 – Ian Moor as Chris De Burgh (also won Champion of Champions)
- Series 11 – Garry Mullen as Freddie Mercury
- Series 12 – Nicola Kirsch as Maria Callas
- Series 13 – Emma Wilkinson as Dusty Springfield
- Series 14 – Stewart Duff as Elvis Presley
- Series 15 – Charles Ngandwe as Paul Robeson
- Series 16 – Gordon Hendricks as Elvis Presley
- Series 1 – Charlotte Gethin as Eva Cassidy
- Series 2 – Laura Jenkins as Connie Francis
- Series 3 – Paul Cowperthwaite as Michael Jackson
- Series 4 – Christopher Napier as George Formby
New Zealand – In 2008, a New Zealand version of Stars in Their Eyes began screening on TVNZ, TV One. The show, hosted by former children's television presenter and game show host Simon Barnett, is filmed in Auckland and produced by Imagination TV. Season One winner was Deryn Trainer singing Billy Joel's "Piano Man". A second series began screening on TV ONE on 28 April 2009
Portugal – A version of the show ran through from 1993 to 2000 SIC, called Chuva de Estrelas (literally "Rain of Stars", but actually a wordplay with "Star shower", another coloquial expression for meteor showers).
Spain – A version of the show ran through from 1995 to 2001 on Antena 3, called Lluvia de estrellas (literally Rain of Stars), later revived on TVE in 2007. Antena 3 created a similar format, under the title Tu cara me suena, in 2011. A UK version of this was produced by ITV in 2013.
- "ITV’s Got Stars In Their Eyes". ITV Press Centre. Retrieved 21 August 2014.