Any dream will do! talent show format revived by ITV – but with a whole new twist

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ITV is set to relaunch the music talent competition – this time for Abba’s hit show Mamma Mia!

It will follow in the footsteps of TV shows like Any Dream Will Do, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, I’d Do Anything and Superstar, in which contestants competed for top West End stage roles. .

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ITV is set to relaunch its musical talent competition and follow in the footsteps of TV shows like Any Dream Will Do, pictured: Lee MeadCredit: PA: Press Association
The eight-part series will see contestants from Abba's hit show Mamma Mia!  compete to win major West End stage roles, photo: Abba

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The eight-part series will see contestants from Abba’s hit show Mamma Mia! compete to win major West End stage roles, photo: AbbaCredit: AFP
The show could feature Hollywood star Amanda Seyfried, pictured here with Meryl Streep, Rachel McDowall and Ashley Lilley

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The show could feature Hollywood star Amanda Seyfried, pictured here with Meryl Streep, Rachel McDowall and Ashley LilleyCredit: ©2008 Universal Studios

The eight-part series, from the same production team that makes Britain’s Got Talent, could even see the judging panel star Hollywood star Amanda Seyfried, 36.

She played Sophie Sheridan in the 2008 film version, alongside Meryl Streep.

Stage show Mamma Mia! – made up of Abba songs – has been a huge hit since its debut in London in 1999.

A TV insider said: “ITV is clearly riding the wave of renewed interest in all things Abba, not to mention renewed interest in the hit formats of yesteryear.

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“It was considered an obvious choice for a reboot for years, but the producers were waiting for the right musical and the right time.”

Abba is back in the limelight this year after the band’s holographic virtual show Abba Voyage was a huge hit when it launched in London.

The new ITV show, created by Thames and broadcast next year, would see a series of rising stars take the stage in front of a panel of celebrity pundits, with the watching public voting on who will go on for another week.

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