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Singer quits 'has-beens' TV show
Mark Shaw on Top of the Pops in 1989
Shaw's band had a handful of hits in the 1980s
Former pop star Mark Shaw has left the ITV1 reality show Reborn in the USA after falling out with fellow contestants and the programme's producers.

Shaw, the ex-lead singer of 1980s group Then Jerico, withdrew from the series 24 hours into filming "by mutual agreement" with programme executives.

Shaw had flown to the US to start filming the show alongside other 1980s and 1990s performers including Gina G, double act Dollar and former Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley.

They will be followed by cameras as they tour the US singing in bars and clubs, with the least popular being voted off by the public.

In a statement, producers Granada said Shaw had decided to quit "after a series of events involving other artists and members of the production team".

Executives had decided his position was "untenable" and it was mutually agreed that he should return home.

I want to show the reality of touring, which is staying up all night and getting wasted. I'll be going out of my way to cause as much trouble as possible
Mark Shaw
Shaw's band Then Jerico had a handful of hits in the late 1980s including Sugar Box and Big Area.

Since then he has set up his own record label and done some acting and TV work.

'Blaze of glory'

Speaking at last month's launch of Reborn in the USA, he said he intended either "to win or go down in a blaze of glory".

He added: "There might be a lot of people on this tour who care about their voices and don't want to drink and want to go to bed early and all that.

"I want to show the reality of touring, which is staying up all night and getting wasted. I'll be going out of my way to cause as much trouble as possible."

The show's first episode is being aired on ITV1 on Saturday night, presented by Davina McCall.

It is based around the idea that "fading" stars from a previous era get a second shot at the big time.

Other competitors include singers Elkie Brooks and Sonia, ex-EastEnders actress Michelle Gayle, Imagination singer Leee John, and Haydon Eshun, one-time child star of 1990s boy band Ultimate Kaos.

The 10 competitors flew into New Orleans on Sunday.

They will play a concert this week before boarding the tour bus and beginning their travels around the US.

Local audiences will choose their favourites and the two least popular acts will be put to a Pop Idol-style phone vote by the British and US public.

The series will include visits to Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Nashville, Cleveland and New York.


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