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Published: Fri 12 Jun 2015

Eight stars (and dogs) announced – Flockstars, a brand new series for ITV this summer
A cast of famous faces will be swapping red carpets for green fields this summer for a brand new ITV series, Flockstars.
Hosted by Gabby Logan, the eight-week prime-time series will see our stars take on the challenge of sheepdog trialling, all vying for centre stage with their four-legged partners to herd flocks of sheep, ducks and geese around a set of challenging courses, specially designed to test their skill, technique and discipline.  
Stepping up to the plate will include a former Corrie queen, a Strictly stallion, an R&B princess and a Paralympic legend, all having trained for six weeks in the age-old, countryside sport of sheepdog trialling. They will battle it out with their Border Collie sidekicks in an exciting knockout competition to see who’ll be crowned top trialler and walk away with the much-coveted Flockstars Champion Shield.
Introducing our eight Flockstars, along with their very own amazingly talented professional sheepdogs:
Paired with BESS
Legendary DJ TONY BLACKBURN teams up with Bess, a strong-willed, six year old bitch from Suffolk who often thinks she knows best! Will this dynamic duo be the ‘Pick of the Pops’ of the sheepdog trialling world?
Paired with MAX
KELLE BRYAN, sold over 10 million records and had 15 Top 20 hits in the UK with R&B girl band Eternal including the chart-topper ‘Stay’. But can she get her two year old dog Max to do the same?! Let alone respond to the classic sheepdog trial commands of ‘Come By’ and ‘Away’?! 
Paired with HOGGY
More used to a Cha Cha Cha than a Baa Baa Baa, professional ballroom dancer and star of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ BRENDAN COLE teams up with Hoggy, an enthusiastic, energetic and loveable two year old bitch (who is named Hoggy as she was born on Hogmanay on a farm in Scotland).
Paired with JACK
FAZER from N-DUBZ aka RICHARD RAWSON had eight top 40 hits alongside bandmates Tulisa and Dappy. But what kind of success will come his way teaming up with Jack, a talented three year-old tricolour collie from Ireland.
Paired with GYP
Probably the closest LESLEY JOSEPH has been to animals so far in her career is wearing leopard skin as Dorien on ‘Birds of a Feather’!  She teams up with Gyp, an easy-going, four year old tricolour born in Derbyshire, who will do anything for a doggie treat.
Paired with MIDGE
Property presenter AMANDA LAMB spent years looking for the perfect ‘Place in the Sun’, but how will she fare in a muddy field? She joins forces with three year old bitch Midge, a softie of a sheepdog who is highly responsive during trialling – and loves attention on and off the field.
Paired with SKYE
LEE PEARSON C.B.E. M.B.E. O.B.E is a Paralympic legend having represented Team GB in Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London picking up an incredible ten gold medals in the process. But will he have the ‘shear’ determination to win big at Flockstars as he teams up with Skye, an affectionate, quick-thinking and speedy two year old bitch bred in Scotland.
Paired with BILL
As Cilla Battersby-Brown WENDI PETERS shared many a scene on Coronation Street alongside Great Dane ‘Schmeichel’. But how will she fare with a considerably smaller sidekick – this time in the form of Bill, a trusty, steady, nine year old from Suffolk.
Flockstars is produced by Liberty Bell Productions for ITV.