BBC reveal talent show to rival BGT

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 June 2011
Alexander Armstrong

Alexander Armstrong

BBC bosses have created a new show, 'Epic Win', to rival ITV1's 'Britain's Got Talent' - but singers and dancers have been banned

BBC bosses have unveiled a new show to rival 'Britain's Got Talent'.

'Epic Win' - which will be hosted by Alexander Armstrong - will see variety acts compete for cash prizes but unlike the ITV1 show, singers and dancers are banned from taking part.

The BBC has stressed the programme isn't a talent show for "fame hungry wannabes", but is mainly about "British eccentrics showcasing unique passions and skills that you couldn't see anywhere else".

In the show, the judges have to decide how much an act is worth, paying up to £3,000 when the series is aired later this summer.

BBC commissioner Katie Taylor said: "BBC In-house Entertainment is proud to bring the UK's unsung heroes and their quirky talents to BBC One's Saturday night audiences in 'Epic Win'.

"What's not to like about a fishmonger who, when blindfolded, can identify different types of fish whilst being slapped around the face?"

Another new show to be aired on the BBC is 'The Voice' - after the corporation bought the rights of the US show for over £20 million - and it is set to rival ITV1's 'The X Factor'.

Presenters of the talent show are yet to be announced but former 'X Factor' winner Shayne Ward is said to be in the running to co-host it with Alex Jones.

A source close to Shayne - who was dropped by Simon Cowell's record company earlier this year - told the Daily Star newspaper: "He's really nervous about screen testing but he knows this is a massive chance to become something other than a singer."

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