In a major upheaval, ITV has canceled the Starstruck quiz after two series.
The music programme, which features a celebrity judging panel, was originally meant to air a spin-off series in 2024, but the plans have now been scrapped.
The star-studded judges, along with Adam Lambert, Shane Twain, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford, have been told there is unlikely to be a third series.
The Gift, a reboot of the original Stars in Their Eyes program in which contestants impersonate well-known singers, was hosted by singer Olly Moore.
Despite the fanfare, it’s completely ‘off the list’ in terms of experience as a result of the drop in points.
‘Delisted’: In a remarkable shake-up, ITV have tapped Starstruck’s expertise after just two sequences.
Axed: The celebrity-judged music show was originally meant to air a spin-off in 2024, but plans have now been scrapped.
A supplier told the Daily Star: “There were plans to shoot a new series this autumn and broadcast it in 2024, but they have now been scrapped.
“The top bosses want to try another show and see how it goes.
“Starstruck was popular, but not as big as shows like Britain’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer, so there was always the risk of it being sidelined by something else.”
However, there is a risk that in 2025 ITV could again offer a music rival format.
Starstruck 2023 winner trainer Abby Edwards has scooped £50,000 cash after being named the top-grossing Adele impersonator.
She beat other hopefuls who made it to the finals including Sam Smith, Meat Loaf, Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé, Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke.
After she won the grand prize, Abby stated that I can’t even put it into words. Watching my little lady look at her mommy. Thanks to everyone who voted for me.
The current film first hit ITV screens in February 2022 and saw Rachel Hunt, who plays Cher, win the main series.
A-list: The star-studded judges, along with Adam Lambert, Shani Twain, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford, have been told there is unlikely to be a third round.
Presenter: Led by singer Olly Moore, the music rivals have been completely ‘dropped’ by the results and ‘top ITV bosses want to try another show’.
Presenter Olly previously shared how much he enjoyed getting engaged to Starstruck.
He informed Magazine closer: ‘It’s fun, feel-good Saturday night TV. This format works for me because I love music.
“I like to perform in front of people and I like to entertain. If the right show comes along, I’ll do it.
“I’m trying to juggle a lot of things right now, but hosting is definitely something I’d like to do more of.”