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Stars In Their Eyes' Matthew Kelly 'almost killed' in horror accident – with entire crew forced to evacuate studio

STARS In Their Eyes’ Matthew Kelly has recalled the time he was almost killed on set – with the entire crew forced to evacuate the studio.

Matthew fronted the iconic singing competition from 1993 to 2004 and welcomed members of the public as they belted out hit songs dressed as their favourite singers.


Filming the show, however, didn’t always go as planned, with Matthew recalling the harrowing moment when a disco ball nearly came crashing down from above his head.

Speaking on the My Time Capsule podcast, the 71-year-old said: “As I stepped onto the stage, this giant mirror ball fell from the ceiling and smashed into a million pieces at exactly the spot where I would have been standing two seconds later.

“It would have killed me. We were all dismissed from the studio.”

Matthew, who saw the funny side to his near-death experience, said the rest of the crew were quite shaken up about it.

He added: “I got told off for laughing because health and safety went mental. I thought it was hilarious.”

Stars In Their Eyes will be introduced to a new generation as ITV is rebooting the beloved series next year – this time titled Starstruck – with Olly Murs doing the honours of hosting. 

However, he won’t be adopting the programme’s iconic catchphrase: "Tonight Matthew, I’m going to be…"

News of Olly’s gig presenting the Stars In Their Eyes reboot was first revealed in April.

The former X Factor host said at the time: "I’m really excited to be hosting a big Saturday Night show like Starstruck.

"It ticks all the boxes; it’s about feel-good, family fun which is something we all need right now."

Adam Lambert, Jason Manford and Beverley Knight make up the judging panel.

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The upcoming season will last seven episodes and will feature four groups of three contestants transforming into their musical idols.

The contenders will be made-up of an expert glam team who will oversee their extraordinary transformation, impressive staging, and spectacular sound and light show to complete a superstar experience.

Starstruck will begin airing on ITV from April 26 next year.


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