Huge ITV talent show could be making a comeback as music bosses launch casting call for ‘the next generation of superstars to form boy-band’
ITV’s Popstars could be making a comeback more than two decades after it hit TV screens.
Speculation is mounting that the broadcaster could reboot the show after seeing success with the return of Big Brother and Dancing On Ice.
A casting call has been launched for people between the ages of 18 and 23 who think they could be part of “the next generation of superstars to form a brand new five-piece boy band”.
“First ITV brought back Big Brother and then the BBC brought back Survivor. Now this could make the holy trinity of big shows from two decades ago,’ said the source Sun.
“There’s been a boom in the popularity of period programs among Millennials.” But what they want is to go back to the origin of these shows.
Giving back? ITV’s Popstars could return more than two decades after it hit TV screens (pictured Hear’Sai in 2001)
‘The X Factor may be the most famous and newest talent competition, but it was Popstars that started it all.’
MailOnline has contacted ITV for comment.
The reality competition was launched in 2001 and is described as a documentary about the formation of a modern pop group.
Ambitious singers at the audition before the jury; Nigel Lithgow, Nicky Chapman and Paul Adam.
The winners of the series – Danny Foster, Myleen Klass, Kim Marsh, Susan Shaw and Noel Sullivan – formed the group Hear’Sai
The program then showed the group recording and promoting their first single, documenting their first ventures into the music industry.
Hear’Sai sold three million records worldwide and scored two UK number one singles before disbanding eighteen months after forming.
A year later, they launched Popstars: The Rivals, hosted by Davina McCall.
The sound of the underground: A year later, Popstars: The Rivals launched and saw Girls Aloud find fame (Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coile, Sarah Harding, Cheryl and Kimberley Walsh in 2002)
Biggest Boy Band: Simon Cowell hit it big with One Direction on The X Factor. Casting has been announced to form the next big boy band (pictured in 2011).
Big Brother: Speculation is rife that the broadcaster could reboot the show following the success of the return of Big Brother (pictured) and Dancing On Ice
The show included audience polls and live singing and saw Girls Aloud rise to fame.
The success of the reality competition paved the way for Simon Cowell to launch The X Factor.
The publication reports that the casting call is from a new company called Moon & Beck run by a trio of former ITV bosses; former head of light entertainment at ITV and Popstars: The Rivals Nigel Hall, ITV’s director of global content Dawn Airey and Ant & Dec’s former manager Russ Lindsay.
The casting call reads: “If you can dance, sing and have a great personality to match, we want to hear from you.”
“Significant travel will be involved and successful candidates will reside outside the UK from January to July 2024.”