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ITV announces new music show with Syco

By | Published on Tuesday 22 August 2017


With the BBC recently announcing its new regular music programme and a one-off Harry Styles special, ITV has bounced back with its own music brag in the form of a new show called ‘Your Song’, a sort of ‘CD:UK’ meets ‘Surprise Surprise’. Don’t worry, it’s only a one off special. For now at least.

Emma Willis will host the programme, which will see “real people who have done something extraordinary” (so bad news for fans of fictional people who do things that are ordinary) personally serenaded by a pop star. A pop star the extraordinary real person likes I should add. Providing the researchers on ‘Your Song’ do their job properly.

The show is being made by ITV’s frequent partners on musical television, Simon Cowell’s Sony Music unit Syco and telly making giant FremantleMedia. The one-off will air this autumn. Long-term plans for the format aren’t known, though you suspect that if the special is a hit with viewers a proper series could be commissioned.

Say’s Syco’s telly chief Nigel Hall: “‘Your Song’ is an extremely exciting project that we have been developing for some time. We are now delighted it is coming to fruition. And we are sure it will bring surprise, entertainment and emotion to everyone at home. We all have that special song which means the world to us – and it will be really exciting to see superstars perform them for their biggest fans”.

Adds presenter Willis: “This is such an amazing show to be part of… imagine seeing somebody you love, and who is so deserving, being surprised with the performance of a lifetime by their musical hero!” Are you imagining it? Well, are you? Are there tears, hugs and happiness in your imagined scenario? That’s what Willis is imagining. “I think there’ll be plenty of tears, hugs and happiness!” says she. Marvelous.