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Let It Shine won't return for second series

The programme, fronted by Take That star Gary Barlow, saw the judges hunt for five young men to star in a musical based on the boyband's hits.

BBC talent show Let It Shine won't be back for a second series, after bosses struggled to come up with a concept for a follow-up season.

The programme, fronted by Take That star Gary Barlow, saw the judges hunt for five young men to star in a musical based on the boyband's hits.

Five to Five were crowned the winners of the first series, on which Gary was joined by fellow judges Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp, and will tour in The Band later this year. And despite Let It Shine being a hit with viewers, with 6.8 million tuning in for the premiere, Gary and producers reportedly struggled to conjure up a premise good enough for the show to make a return.

"The show was a huge success in many ways but the concept for a second series just wasn’t quite there yet," a source told The Sun. "The first series was a project that had been worked on for years before coming to fruition.

"Gary in particular wants to make sure that if it does come back, proper time, effort and ideas have gone into it. There’s a danger of undoing the good work done this year by rushing into another series.

"No one wanted that so they’ve decided to leave it for now."

A spokesperson for the BBC confirmed the report the show will not be back next year (18), but added "the door is open" in the future for a potential second series.

Speaking previously about Let It Shine, Gary told the BBC that he wasn't worried about the comparisons people would undoubtedly make between his show and others of a similar format.

"I've got to be honest with you. It's the same with music - I don't look right or left - I just concentrate on what we are doing and try and make it the best quality it can be," he explained.

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