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The Dawn of a new talent show for kids.

DAWN French is to host a new ITV talent show for youngsters.

Channel boss Kevin Lygo announced last night it will screen a British version of the US programme Little Big Shots.

The series features "the world's most talented and extraordinary kids" doing a variety of tricks and stunts.

It pulled in over 15 million viewers for NBC. ITV's take will be screened midweek, with Dawn in her first major presenting role.

You may recall she was a judge on ITV's Superstar in 2012 to find a lead for Jesus Christ Superstar. But this is a much bigger project and she fronts it on her own.

Dawn, 58, said: "Rarely have I relished the thought of doing a show as much as this. I love, love, love everything about it, especially that I will get to witness the amazing talents of these remarkable little humans up close." Peter Davey, head of comedy entertainment, said: "Dawn's infectious humour, warmth and affability make her the perfect host for Little Big Shots. Add to the mix these incredibly talented kids and you have some potentially great TV."

The centrepiece will be a huge revolving stage, with Dawn on a sofa on one side to get to know the acts and a performance area over on the other.

Acts from the UK and around the world include black-belt karate champions, classical music masters - and chefs.

Lygo also revealed he is bringing back Harry Hill for a panel show - Harry Hill's Alien Fun Capsule - in which teams present funny stuff for the comic to adjudicate.

Harry said: "It's great to be back on ITV with an all-new format that finally tackles the problem of an imminent and prolonged war with space aliens."

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Title Annotation:Features; Opinion Column
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2016
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