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Your Face Sounds Familiar

Sat Jun 29, 7.30-8.45pm, ITV

Series one, episode one
Just look what ITV can do when the Saturday night schedules aren’t clogged up with Cowell’s creations! Yes, ‘a celebrity entertainment series with a comedy twist’. Sounds chilling, doesn’t it?

Moving swiftly on past the gruesome hosting duo of Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness, we get to the fun bit of ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’: celebrities performing as different musical icons week after week, getting marked on their performances by a panel including Emma Bunton and Julian Clary. Plucked from the same pile of ‘cheap, cheerful and up for a laugh’ C-listers are the competitors themselves. Alexander Armstrong. Denise Lewis. Bobby Davro. You get the idea.

So what stops this from being ‘Stars in their Eyes’ by another name? Well, the celebrities will pick who they imitate at random, giving them a week to prepare. A fiendish twist, we’re sure you’ll agree. It should bomb appallingly, of course, but then we thought the same about ‘Splash!’…

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