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Take That star Howard Donald becomes a judge on Got To Dance Germany

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Take That’s Howard Donald is set to follow bandmate Gary Barlow in to the world of TV talent show judging – on the GERMAN version of Got To Dance.

Broadcasters ProSieben and Sat1 recently announced their first series of the talent contest, starting in June, with Howard being joined on the panel by local personalities Palina Rojinski and Nikeata Thompson.

Although he isn’t fluent in German, the 44-year-old’s side career as a DJ helped him maintain a dedicated fanbase in the country during Take That’s ten-year break.

Tweeting after the show’s press launch on Monday, he said: “Yes that’s right! I will be a judge on Germany’s version of Got To Dance. It’s a big challenge and I’m happy. #brushinguponmygerman

“Press conference today in Hamburg. Had to answer in German. Was very nervous but went very well.”

He later added: “Saw some of the groups and individual dancers yesterday at the Got To Dance launch in Germany. And the standard is very high.”

Over here, the latest edition of Got To Dance ended last month with Canadian-born dancer Lukas McFarlane being crowned the winner and taking home the £250,000 grand prize.

American network CBS adopted the format as ‘Live To Dance’ in 2011 – with UK judge Kimberly Wyatt and former American Idol fixture Paula Abdul – but it was a ratings flop and was cancelled after one season.