'Born to Shine' host Natasha Kaplinsky wowed by the children’s "­incredible" talents

Natasha Kaplinsky

Host of new ITV1 series Born to Shine, former newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, has revealed how she was amazed by the talents of the children who appear on the show. The new series - which launches later this month - will see talented youngsters teach celebs skills for charity.

From ballet to rapping to playing the harp, every talent imaginable will appear on the show with celebrities such as Jason Manford taking on the challenge to be taught by a child. The celebs will then go on to perform live on stage in front of a panel of judges.

It was revealed last week that Denise Van Outen and Jason Gardiner would judge 'Born To Shine'

Speaking about the series, Natasha told the Sunday Mirror today: “I am really excited about doing this show and it will be nerve-racking but great fun.

“I take my hat off to the celebrities. Being a ­Strictly veteran, I know what it is like to perform in front of millions. What is so ­amazing, however, is the children who are mentoring them. They are ­extraordinary people and their talents are just ­incredible.”

All the money raised from the programme will go to Save The Children, a ­charity close to the presenter's heart after taking many trips out to Africa for the cause.

“We have all seen Slumdog ­Millionaire but the ­reality is something else,” she told the newspaper. “The trips were highly ­emotional, as the ­contrast with your own life is ­immense.

“When I came back from my last trip, I broke down in tears. You just feel the most intense guilt and you feel so sad about the inequality of life.

“You want to just pick the children up and bring them home, but of course that is not the answer. Whatever I can do to help Save The Children I will do.”

Born to Shine airs on July 17 on ITV1.

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