Simon Cowell has announced he is giving up his judging seat on his brand new music game show.
‘Walk The Line’ is a six-part musical gameshow hosted by Maya Jama coming to ITV – which sees soloists, duos, bands and choirs take to the stage to perform in front of a panel of judges.
The top two performers of each evening must choose to either “cash out” and take a cash prize, or “walk the line” and play on.
If the performers decide to play on and top the leaderboard, they will progress to the next show and face a different cast of talented musicians.
The longer the performers can stay in the contest, which is set to premiere later this year, the bigger the prize pot.
Speaking to The Sun, Simon said he was stepping back from his on-screen position to focus on his role as creator and producer.
The 62-year-old said: “This is a situation where I have decided it is right for me to focus on my role as the creator and producer as we build up to the hugely exciting launch.”
Gary Barlow will now take over as a judge on the show, with Simon saying: “Gary’s musical pedigree is second to none – and we have known each other a long time now – so I am delighted he is picking up the baton for me for the first series of Walk The Line. I know he will do a fantastic job.”
Simon’s appearance on Walk The Line was scheduled to mark his return to UK television after breaking his back when he fell off an electric bike in August last year.