Sheridan Smith AXED from Starstruck as ITV announces superstar replacement | The SunAugust 30, 2022
Sheridan Smith has been sensationally AXED from ITV series Starstruck as the broadcaster reveals her replacement.
The 41-year-old actor and singer had appeared on the first series of the Saturday night entertainment format, which sees members of the public transformed into music icons,
However, ITV have confirmed she has been replaced ahead of the new series.
They've confirmed international superstar and Queen of Country Pop Shania Twain as her replacement.
Shania will sit on the show’s judging panel alongside returning stars Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford.
The five-time GRAMMY winner and one of music’s most renowned trailblazers will make her debut on the programme when it returns to ITV and ITVX for its second series next year.
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Speaking about Shania joining the programme, ITV's head of entertainment described her as "one of the all time music greats".
Katie Rawcliffe added: "It’s an honour to welcome her to the Starstruck panel alongside Adam, Beverley, Jason and of course Olly at the helm.”
Man! I Feel Like A Woman singer Twain, 57, remains the top-selling female country pop artist of all time – selling more than 100 millions albums worldwide.
Starstruck sees ordinary members of the public team up to transform into some of the world's biggest music icons – from Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye to Michael Buble.
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It first debuted earlier this year and quickly became a hit with telly watchers, with the series' first episode consolidating to 4.7 million viewers.
Rachael Hawnt was crowned the winner after she wowed the judges and the public with her transformation into legendary singer Cher.
Hawnt, who was chosen as the winner by the studio audience, scooped a massive £50,000.
Fans have started to react to the huge news, with one saying: "What an inspired signing!"
"Cant wait to hear Shania Twain and @adamlambert performing together," said another.
Meanwhile, a third user said: "That *does* impress me much."
"Shania Twain's joining Adam, Beverley & Jason as a judge on Starstruck for S2…. that's huge," said a fourth.
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