Rio Ferdinand to be judge on new ITV1 show

Former England football captain Rio Ferdinand, who was controversially left out of the national squad for Euro 2012, will be one of the judges on a new ITV1 show.

The Manchester United defender will be on the panel for sports entertainment programme Let’s Get Gold.

His fellow judges will be former England cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, singer and actress Martine McCutcheon and The Saturdays’ Una Healy.

Rio said: “I can’t wait to get started on the judging panel of Let’s Get Gold. It’s set to be a fantastic show, capturing the nation’s sporting mood perfectly. I am very excited to be working with Freddie, Martine and Una in the search for new sporting stars. May the best team win!”

The mini-series of three pre-recorded episodes, to be shown on consecutive nights in early July, will feature 15 sporting teams from across the UK battling it out for a £100,000 prize.

The challenge for the teams is to transform their sport into the most spectacular and entertaining routine.

Head of entertainment, Thames, Suzy Lamb said: “We are delighted to be confirming a line-up of judges who have experience right across the sports and entertainment arenas.

“Teams will be displaying their skills in disciplines as wide-ranging as martial arts and cheerleading, and the panel will be looking for the UK’s biggest and brightest sporting talents to showcase their skills like they’ve never been seen before.”

Let’s Get Gold host Vernon Kay said: “With the Olympics just around the corner and sport fever hitting the UK this show provides the stage for local sporting teams to show off their skills and sporting prowess.”

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