Let It Shine! Graham Norton confesses to Gary Barlow crush


Graham Norton has confessed to a bit of a crush on "hot" Gary Barlow.

The chat show legend is co-hosting Gary's new talent show Let It Shine, which starts on BBC One next weekend.


The series will search for a new boy band and Graham is very excited.

“Every boy band is made up of elements. Each boy band is different," he said. “And what is interesting is watching the boy bands morph into man bands. Look at Gary Barlow. Who knew that he would be the hot one?”.

Graham added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I never stay in touch with guests who come on my chat show but Gary has always stayed in touch and I do really admire him.”


Mel Giedroyc, who will join Graham hosting Let It Shine, added: “Sue and I interviewed him on Light Lunch back in 1998. He was absolutely brilliant.

“He played on the grand piano and I can remember been draped on the piano feeding him sushi! I always thought what a lovely guy he was and watching Gary singing and playing on the piano was obviously divine.”

While Let It Shine is after a group for a musical based on the songs of Take That, Graham said the show was not out to simply find a copycat band.

He explained: “It’s the idea of five boys coming together as a band and they will be singing Take That songs. But we are not looking for a Take That tribute band. We are not looking for a Gary or Robbie."

Let It Shine begins next Saturday night (January 7) at 7PM on BBC One.