Stars in Their Eyes

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Stars in Their Eyes
Format Talent show
Created by Joop van den Ende
Henny Huisman
Presented by Leslie Crowther (1990–2)
Russ Abbot (1993: stand-in)
Matthew Kelly (1993–2004)
Davina McCall (2003: stand-in)
Cat Deeley (2003, 2004–6)
Voices of Andrew Brittain
Peter Dickson (stand-in)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 16 (main series)
4 (junior series)
No. of episodes 166 (main series)
33 (junior series) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes (1990–3)
45 minutes (1994–2006)
Production company(s) Granada in association with J. E. Entertainment and Action Time
Distributor ITV Studios
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3 (1990–2000)
16:9 (2001–6)
Original run 21 July 1990 (1990-07-21) – 23 December 2006 (2006-12-23)
Chronology
Related shows Your Face Sounds Familiar

Stars in Their Eyes was 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.

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.

The most impersonated stars are Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Cher, George Michael, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue and Madonna.

Overview[edit]

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.

Format[edit]

Heats[edit]

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)[edit]

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)[edit]

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.

Episode guide[edit]

Transmissions[edit]

Original series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
1
21 July 1990
25 August 1990
6
2
8 June 1991
13 July 1991
6
3
22 February 1992
28 March 1992
6
4
22 May 1993
24 July 1993
10
5
14 May 1994
16 July 1994
10
6
6 May 1995
8 July 1995
10
7
2 March 1996
25 May 1996
13
8
15 March 1997
7 June 1997
13
9
21 March 1998
13 June 1998
13
10
13 March 1999
5 June 1999
13
11
11 March 2000
20 May 2000
11
12
23 September 2000
2 December 2000
11
13
5 May 2001
14 July 2001
11
14
16 February 2002
27 April 2002
11
15
3 January 2004
13 March 2004
11
16
15 January 2005
26 March 2005
11

Junior series[edit]

Series Start date End date Episodes
Pilot
21 July 2001
1
1
31 August 2002
5 October 2002
6
2
5 April 2003
31 May 2003
9
3
20 March 2004
15 May 2004
9
4
21 January 2006
18 March 2006
9

Specials[edit]

Date Entitle
28 December 1991
Christmas Special
15 February 1992
Stars in Their Eyes Special
2 January 1993
Elvis Special
1 January 1994
New Year's Special
7 May 1994
Stars in Their Eyes Special
24 December 1994
Winners' Special
23 December 1995
Christmas Special
2 December 1998
Celebrity Special
9 October 1999
Celebrity Special
30 October 1999
Champion of Champions Special
1 January 2000
Celebrity Special
1 July 2000
Celebrity Special
16 September 2000
Celebrity Special
26 December 2000
Christmas Special
14 April 2001
Stars in Euro Eyes
6 October 2001
Popstars in their Eyes Special
24 November 2001
Coronation Street Special
25 December 2001
Christmas Special
4 May 2002
Celebrity Divas Special
11 May 2002
Coronation Street Special
17 August 2002
Popstars Special
12 October 2002
Celebrity Special
26 October 2002
European Championship Part 1
2 November 2002
European Championship Part 2
28 December 2002
Celebrity Christmas Special
1 February 2003
Legends Special
8 February 2003
Coronation Street Special
22 February 2003
Soapstars Special
16 August 2003
I'm a Celebrity Special
23 August 2003
Soapstars Special
27 December 2003
Christmas Celebrity Special
24 April 2004
Celebrity Special
1 May 2004
Soapstars Special
8 May 2004
Celebrity Special
26 June 2004
Celebrity Special
3 July 2004
Soapstars Special
17 July 2004
Celebrity Special
18 December 2004
Celebrity Special
2 April 2005
Celebrity Special
23 July 2005
Celebrity Special
30 July 2005
Soapstars Special
6 August 2005
Reality TV Stars Special
13 August 2005
Celebrity Special
24 December 2005
Celebrity Duets
7 January 2006
Family Special
25 March 2006
Celebrity Special
1 April 2006
Celebrity Special
8 April 2006
Celebrity Special
23 December 2006
Celebrity Special

Champions[edit]

Original series[edit]

Junior series[edit]

Overseas format[edit]

 Italy – A show with the same format shows on Canale 5, called Sei un mito ("You are a myth").

 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).

 Russia – Adin Vadin.

 Spain – A version of the show ran through from 1995 to 2001 on Antena 3, called Lluvia de estrellas (literally Rain of Stars), later show reissue in 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.

 Sweden – The format was translated to Swedish television by TV4 with the name Sikta mot stjänorna ("Aim for the stars").

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