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Jason Manford Slams Starstruck Viewers Showing ‘Poundland’ Version of Stars In Their Eyes

Starstruck judge Jason Manford hits out at ‘thick’ viewers who call the show a ‘scam’ version of Stars In Their Eyes – as comedian insists similarities are intentional










Jason Manford applauded “thick” Starstruck viewers who criticized the show for being too similar to talent show Stars In Their Eyes.

The new series – which launched on ITV1 on Saturday night and sees people transforming their idols as they compete in teams – features lookalikes and similar sounding to Stars In Their Eyes which aired on the channel from 1990 to 2006.

After seeing viewers complain as they compared the two shows on social media over the weekend, Jason, 40, tweeted: “Enjoy #Starstruck. It’s a great show. If you think we sat the whole series and none mentioned the similarity to #StarsInTheirEyes, you big mate!

Lashing out: Jason Manford, 40, cheered on viewers

Lashing out: Jason Manford, 40, applauded ‘thick’ Starstruck viewers who criticized the show for being too similar to Stars In Their Eyes

“Of course it is, so feel free not to tell me, but try to guess who the contestants and the best sound will be.”

Jason was responding to viewers at home who were crestfallen after watching the show’s first episode, with one audience member writing, “Poundland stars in their eyes the less they had used better facial prostheses #Starstruck.”

Someone else posted: ‘So #Starstruck is just a modern star in their eyes?! Wouldn’t it be great if the contestants said ‘Tonight Olly, I’m going to be….”

All stars: Jason appears on the show's jury alongside singers Adam Lambert, 40, and Beverley Knight, 48, as well as Sheridan Smith, 40

All stars: Jason appears on the show’s jury alongside singers Adam Lambert, 40, and Beverley Knight, 48, as well as Sheridan Smith, 40

While someone else exclaimed, ‘Wtf is that Starstruck. Simply restart Stars in Their Eyes.

Meanwhile, another person wrote, “I wish we could have had regular stars in their eyes instead.” Why does everything need a jury these days! while someone else shared, “#Starstruck I’m surprised no one mentioned it’s like a stars reboot in their eyes lol.”

Another viewer shared, “Is it just stars in their eyes?” It’s literally just stars in their eyes, but with threesomes? #Starstruck”, while someone else posted: “I watched #starstruck for 15 seconds and said instantly. They all mime the lyrics to the songs. That’s how the stars in their eyes, failed. And the top of the pops. Mom was convinced it was their real voice. Oh no.. #StarStruck

Not impressed: Jason was responding to viewers at home who were discouraged after watching the show's first episode

Not impressed: Jason was responding to viewers at home who were discouraged after watching the show’s first episode

And another unimpressed TV fan posted: ‘#Starstruck in a nutshell: bad version of Stars in their Eyes. Bring back stars in their eyes.

Jason appears on the show’s judging panel alongside singers Adam Lambert, 40, and Beverley Knight, 48, as well as Sheridan Smith, 40, with the program being hosted by Olly Murs, 37.

The contestants undergo an ‘extraordinary transformation’ to become their idols of the night, with groups of three competing to make it to the final for a chance to win a £50,000 cash prize.

Pop stars: The program is hosted by singer and former X Factor contestant Olly Murs, 37, with the contestants transforming and performing like their musical idols

Pop stars: The program is hosted by singer and former X Factor contestant Olly Murs, 37, with the contestants transforming and performing like their musical idols

Stakes: Groups of three participants compete to qualify for the final for a chance to win a cash prize of £50,000

Stakes: Groups of three participants compete to qualify for the final for a chance to win a cash prize of £50,000

An ITV spokesperson said of the show ahead of its launch: ‘Leaving behind their day jobs, audience members will be transformed into their most beloved music star for one night only. But they will not be alone on stage.

“Instead, they will team up as trios who all share the same love of a music icon to give the performance of a lifetime.”

“With an expert glamorous team to oversee their extraordinary transformation, impressive staging and a spectacular sound and light show, our singing stars will have the complete ‘superstar experience’.

Starstruck continues next Saturday on ITV1 at 8.30pm.

Throwback: Stars In Their Eyes ran from 1990 to 2006 and was hosted by Matthew Kelly (pictured in 1993)

Throwback: Stars In Their Eyes ran from 1990 to 2006 and was hosted by Matthew Kelly (pictured in 1993)