Popular presenter Bradley Walsh is reportedly at the top of producers’ wish list to be the host of a new TV singing competition with a twist.
ITV is reportedly developing ideas for a new TV series featuring singers who can’t hold a note – with the winner being the one who improves the most after weeks of vocal and performance coaching.
“It has always been the bad auditions that get everyone talking on The X Factor,” a source told The Sun.
The source added that viewers love shows in which people undergo “huge transformations”, citing Davina McCalls’s This Time Next Year as an example.
“Now ITV will combine these two things as they launch a new show which sees awful singers transform into superstar performers – or that’s what they’re hoping.”
Bradley is a talented singer himself. His album Chasing Dreams became the biggest-selling debut album by a British artist in 2016, outselling Zayn Malik.
He was amused at how he became more popular than a One Direction star.
“I thought it was hysterical,” he said. “I am probably the oldest new artist Sony has ever signed.
“Niall Horan (Zayn’s former bandmate) was sending me messages, laughing his head off. And I got big congratulations from Simon Cowell.”
Bradley has revealed that he’s already started thinking about new music and will go into a recording studio this July.
The former Coronation Street star recently responded to comments that he looked like he was drunk on TV. He revealed that he actually has a medical condition called blepharitis, which causes his eyelids to swell up.
He has to take medication every day – and is likely to need an operation in the future.
“So many times people have commented on how I look,” he says. “But they don’t realise….”
“If I take medication, though, I am fine.”