Let It Shine! Gary Barlow reveals why his new TV show is better than X Factor

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Gary Barlow reckons his new BBC One TV show Let It Shine has the edge over its rivals.

And that includes The X Factor which he used to judge on ITV.


Let It shine will see the search for five vocalists to appear in a new West End musical based on the songs of Take That.

“I wanted to be up there saying that the prize is something real and tangible," Gary said this week. “Rather than saying ‘You are gonna be a star or this or that’. This show is for a job."

He told the Daily Star newspaper: “A 12-month contract to be in a musical which will travel all around the UK, eight shows a week for 52 weeks and who knows beyond that?”

The new BBC One talent series follows similar previous musical talent shows with Andrew Lloyd Webber, such as Any Dream Will Do and Over the Rainbow, although Gary's show appears a lot more glitzy and glamorous.

And according to reports over the weekend, it's caught X Factor boss Simon Cowell's eye.

Apparently, Simon reckons it may be a bit too similar to his shows The X Factor and Latin American talent show La Banda.

The Daily Mail reports that Simon has "put a team of staff on standby to monitor Barlow’s eight-week series".

A supposed 'friend' of Simon's is quoted as telling the newspaper: "Let It Shine is all very similar to The X Factor. There are people who will be watching closely and Simon is ready to launch legal action.

"There’s no love lost between them so Simon has no qualms holding Gary to account or protecting his business interests."


However the BBC responded to the report: "Let It Shine is an original format and bears no resemblance to any other format around the globe."

Let It Shine begins this Saturday night at 7PM on BBC One.

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