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Sheridan Smith quits as a judge on ITV talent show Starstruck after one series


EXCLUSIVE: Sheridan Smith quits as a judge on ITV talent show Starstruck after just one series ‘due to scheduling conflicts’

Sheridan Smith has quit as a judge on ITV talent show Starstruck after just one series due to ‘scheduling conflicts’.

The actress, 41, made up the judging panel of the Saturday night show alongside Beverley Knight, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford.

But ITV has confirmed that Sheridan has left the show after its first season because of ‘scheduling conflicts’ with a ‘new acting project’.

EXCLUSIVE: Sheridan Smith, 41, has quit as a judge on ITV talent show Starstruck after just one series 'due to scheduling conflicts'

EXCLUSIVE: Sheridan Smith, 41, has quit as a judge on ITV talent show Starstruck after just one series ‘due to scheduling conflicts’

An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We would have loved Sheridan to have returned to the show but she has sadly had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with a new acting project.

‘The team absolutely loved working with her, she was a fantastic judge and provided some invaluable feedback to the contestants. We wish her all the best.’

Starstruck sees people transform their idols as they compete in teams – features lookalike and soundalikes much like Stars In Their Eyes which aired on the channel from 1990 to 2006.

Panel: The actress made up the judging panel of the Saturday night show alongside Beverley Knight, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford

Panel: The actress made up the judging panel of the Saturday night show alongside Beverley Knight, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford

Conflicting schedules: An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: 'We would have loved Sheridan to have returned to the show but she has sadly had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with a new acting project

Conflicting schedules: An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We would have loved Sheridan to have returned to the show but she has sadly had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with a new acting project

The series, which is hosted by Olly Murs, sees contestants undergo an ‘extraordinary transformation’ to become their idols for the night.

Groups of three then compete to make it to the final for a chance of winning a £50,000 cash prize.

A spokesperson for ITV said of the show before its launch: ‘Leaving their day jobs behind, members of the public will be transformed into their most beloved music star for one night only. But they won’t be on stage alone.

Format: The show is hosted by Olly Murs, and sees contestants undergo an 'extraordinary transformation' to become their idols for the night

Format: The show is hosted by Olly Murs, and sees contestants undergo an ‘extraordinary transformation’ to become their idols for the night

Watch this space! While details of Sheridan's acting project conflict wasn't revealed by the spokesperson, the star did recently reveal she would be taking on a new project - in the form of a one woman show

Watch this space! While details of Sheridan’s acting project conflict wasn’t revealed by the spokesperson, the star did recently reveal she would be taking on a new project – in the form of a one woman show

‘Instead, they’ll be teaming up as trios who all share the same love of a music icon to give the performance of a lifetime.

‘With an expert glam team to oversee their extraordinary transformation, impressive staging and a spectacular sound and light show, our singing stars will be getting the complete ‘superstar experience.’

While details of Sheridan’s acting project conflict wasn’t revealed by the spokesperson, the star did recently reveal she would be taking on a new project – in the form of a one woman show.

Chatting to Simon Mayo on his and Mark Kermode’s podcast, the star revealed that she would be returning to London’s West End in early 2023 for the production.

While the plot, venue and dates weren’t revealed by Sheridan, it could be the reason she has had to drop commitments to the TV show.

The actress rose to fame for her roles in shows such as Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps.

Rise to fame: The actress rose to fame for her roles in shows such as Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (pictured in Gavin and Stacey as character Smithy's sister)

Rise to fame: The actress rose to fame for her roles in shows such as Gavin and Stacey, The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (pictured in Gavin and Stacey as character Smithy’s sister)

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