The new BBC talent show, which is set to air against ITV’s reboot of ‘The Voice’, will launch this weekend, searching for new stars to appear in a West End musical based around the hits of Take That.
However, Gary has been quick to dismiss any suggestion of a ratings battle, insisting that the changing ways in which people are watching TV have rendered viewing figures less relevant.
The former ‘X Factor’ judge continued: “I’ve got to be honest with you. It’s the same with music - I don’t look right or left - I just concentrate on what we are doing and try and make it the best quality it can be.”
This is probably what Chris Evans could have done with saying back in May last year, when he admitted he’d have been “disappointed” if ‘Top Gear’ were to attract fewer than five million viewers for its first episode with him at the helm.
It wound up drawing in 4.6 million, after which he quickly backtracked, insisting that ratings weren’t important anymore in the age of streaming.
‘Let It Shine’ will debut on Saturday (7 January) at 7pm on BBC One.