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25 Years Ago Today... 'Stars In Their Eyes' Showed Off Their Talents For The First Time On British TV

21/07/2015 13:46 | Updated 21 July 2015

It is 25 years ago today that we watched the first-ever episode of 'Stars in their Eyes'.

One of Britain's most successful ever talent shows, it ran for sixteen years, during which hundreds of contestants did their best - costume, wig, vocals - to impersonate the real stars of showbusiness, introducing themselves with "Tonight, I'm going to be..."

Guess who were the most impersonated stars - see below...

It proved irresistible Saturday night entertainment, with around 13 million viewers tuning in for the grand live final of each series. And it scooped most popular entertainment show four times in all at the National Television Awards.

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What is not to love?

Original host was Leslie Crowther, with Matthew Kelly taking over after two years, and staying until 2005, when Cat Deeley took over for the remaining shows.

ITV had a game go at reviving the format last year, with Harry Hill hosting, but the new series only lasted a month, due to poor ratings. However, as last night's debut of 'Lookalikes' proved, the novelty of playing at being an A-lister has by no means worn off.

Most Popular Stars For Impersonation on 'Stars in their Eyes' Were... and who do you think is the most convincing of this talented bunch?

Dolly Parton:

Elvis Presley:

Cher (here taken on by a game Carol Vorderman):

George Michael:

Celine Dion:

Kylie:

Madonna:

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