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Robbie Williams pulls out of judging tonight’s Let It Shine due to illness

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Emmy Griffiths
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Robbie Williams has been forced to pull out of being a judge on Saturday night's episode of Let It Shine due to illness. However, a spokesperson for the BBC confirmed that he will still perform with Take That during the live final of the popular singing competition. They said: "Robbie Williams will reunite with Take That for a special performance for the Let It Shine live final. Sadly due to an ailment he is unable to continue with the role of guest judge and we wish Robbie a very speedy recovery."

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Robbie will still perform with Take That

The Let Me Entertain You singer will instead be replaced by Peter Kay. "We are thrilled to announce that Peter Kay will join as guest judge and sit on the panel alongside Gary Barlow, Dannii Minogue and Martin Kemp," the spokesperson confirmed. "As well as confessing to being Take That’s number one fan, Peter is a one of Britain’s best-loved comedians, a BAFTA winning actor and has released two huge number one singles for charity. He has also starred in the award-winning musical The Producers in Manchester and Cardiff. As the man with the most-successful comedy tour of all time in the UK, Peter is ideally placed to pass on advice to the finalists on how to win over live audiences."

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Robbie will also be joining the three band members - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald – for Take That's 25th anniversary tour, and the group will even possibly write music together. Howard said: "We've been talking to Robbie about it, and it might be that if we do a 25th anniversary album, that we do some co-writing or some extra tracks on that." Mark added: "I think it would be nice to do something with him. In our minds at the moment there's an intention to do some new tracks, a greatest hits and a tour, then we'll see."