Let It Shine arrives on BBC1

Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp

Depending on where you stand on boy bands is likely to determine whether or not Let it Shine will brighten your life or make Saturday evenings unbearable for the next couple of months.

Over eight weeks of competition, starting at 7pm on Saturday 7 January on BBC One, Let It Shine will search for five talented boys to form a band and perform the songs of Take That, in a brand new show touring the UK from late 2017. The judges are looking for a band that exudes the charisma, showmanship and stage presence that Take That became so famous for.

Let It Shine will welcome guest judges in each of the three stages of the competition. Musical theatre star Amber Riley, joins the first audition stage (episodes one-four), superstar Lulu joins the second stage. Announcements about the live shows in February will be made in due course.

Regular  judges will be Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue, Martin Kemp, while Graham Norton and Mel Giedroyc provide the Ant & Dec like friendly face/consoling shoulder for hopefuls.