Shania Twain will replace Sheridan Smith on ITV’s Starstruck after the actress quit after one series

Shania Twain is set to replace Sheridan Smith as a judge on ITV’s Starstruck after the actress quit after just one series due to “scheduling conflicts”.

ITV has confirmed that country superstar Shania Twain will replace Sheridan Smith as a judge on the second season of talent show Starstruck.

The five-time Grammy winner, 57, will be on the show’s panel, along with Adam Lambert, Beverly Knight and Jason Manford Beacons of hope embody various music icons.

Four Lives star Sheridan, 41, surprised fans earlier this year when she left the show after just one series because she had a “scheduling conflict” with her acting work.

Replacement: Shania Twain is set to replace Sheridan Smith as a judge on ITV's Starstruck after the actress quit after just one series due to

Replacement: Shania Twain is set to replace Sheridan Smith as a judge on ITV’s Starstruck after the actress quit after just one series due to “scheduling conflicts”.

The show announced the replacement on its Instagram page, as Shania filmed a message to viewers from the States.

In the clip, the singer looked stunning in a black plumage dress with statement diamond earrings as she performed backstage at her show in Vegas.

She said: “Hi everyone, I’m here in Las Vegas about to be on stage to do a show but I wanted to take a moment to say I’m so excited to be heading to the UK soon go join [the] ‘Starstruck’ Panel’.

Here she comes: The five-time Grammy winner, 57, will join Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford on the show's panel, which features hopefuls impersonating various music icons

Here she comes: The five-time Grammy winner, 57, will join Adam Lambert, Beverley Knight and Jason Manford on the show’s panel, which features hopefuls impersonating various music icons

“It’s a real honor, I’m such a fan of the other artists on the panel, the judges, Adam, Beverly and Jason, I love you all and I just look forward to telling you that in person when I get there ‘.

“I can’t wait to see all the amazing talent out there. All I can say is let’s go to ITV.

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning, ITV, said: “Shania is one of the greatest music greats of all time, not to mention a fabulous personality, so it’s an honor to have her on the Starstruck panel alongside Adam, Beverley, Jason and of course Olly welcome at the helm.’

Big news: The show announced the replacement on its Instagram page, as Shania filmed a message to viewers from the States

Big news: The show announced the replacement on its Instagram page, as Shania filmed a message to viewers from the States

Glam: In the clip, the singer looked gorgeous in a black feather dress with statement diamond earrings

Backstage: She spoke backstage from her very popular show in Las Vegas

Glam: In the clip, the singer looked stunning in a black plumage dress with statement diamond earrings as she emerged backstage at her Vegas show

Cat Lawson, Creative Director, Remarkable Entertainment added: “We are thrilled to welcome music legend Shania Twain to our amazing Starstruck panel. She is an absolute trailblazer having worked with everyone from Elton John to Harry Styles. Shania will bring so much fun to our Saturday nights that we can’t wait.”

Pop star Olly Murs will once again return to host the show, which attracted 4.7million viewers in its first season, making it one of ITV’s biggest shows of 2022.

Starstruck saw people transform their idols as they competed in teams – with lookalikes and soundalikes, similar to Stars In Their Eyes, which aired on the channel from 1990 to 2006.

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Format: Hosted by Olly Murs, the show will see contestants undergo an “extraordinary transformation” to become their idols for the night

Groups of three then compete to reach the final and win a cash prize of £50,000.

An ITV spokesman told MailOnline: “We would have loved for Sheridan to return to the show but unfortunately she had to cancel due to scheduling conflicts with a new acting project.

“The team absolutely loved working with her, she was a fantastic judge and gave valuable feedback to the contestants. We wish her all the best.”

Panel: Sheridan reportedly refused to return for the second series due to her acting commitments

Panel: Sheridan reportedly refused to return for the second series due to her acting commitments

The news comes after he was honored at the 15th Annual Academy Of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday.

She remains the best-selling country-pop artist of all time and is the first artist in history to release three consecutive diamond-certified albums. Twain’s first album in 15 years.

Earlier this year, she took the stage with Harry Styles at Coachella, where they belted out their hit Man! I feel like a woman! before the former One Direction star gushed, “This lady taught me to sing!”.

Arrivals: Shania saddled up for a night of music and worthy recognition at the 15th annual Academy Of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (pictured)

Arrivals: Shania saddled up for a night of music and worthy recognition at the 15th annual Academy Of Country Music Honors in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday (pictured)

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