BBC's 'The Voice UK' Replaces Host Duo
LONDON – After last week's addition of Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice UK, the BBC said it is also changing the hosts of the singing competition for its third season next year.
Big Brother U.K. host and radio DJ Emma Willis will be one of the new hosts, the U.K. public broadcaster said.
The second host for The Voice UK, which will return to BBC One in January, will be announced in the coming days. The new team will replace co-hosts Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates.
“The Voice is an absolutely brilliant TV show with the unique ability to showcase and nurture amazing raw talent," said Willis. "I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it, and I cannot wait to get started."
Said Willoughby: “I’ve had two wonderful years on the show, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it."
Willis started her on-air career in 2002 on MTV UK. She also has worked on ITV’s This Morning and hosted Big Brother on Channel 5.
The Voice UK in its first season beat Simon Cowell's Britain's Got Talent several weeks in a row, but lost momentum in its second season, leading to calls for new coaches and format tweaks.
Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue have in recent months left the coaching panel, with Minogue signing to replace Jessie J. The fourth coach spot will be filled "in due course," the BBC said last week. Will.i.am and Tom Jones have signed on to return to the show.
"With two new coaches on board and our two new presenters, it’s going to really mix things up," said Mark Linsey, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning.
Added Moira Ross, head of entertainment at The Voice UK production firm Wall to Wall: "I’m looking forward to this exciting new chapter for the show. I have no doubt Emma will be fun, firm and fair in her role, and I can’t wait to start working with her."
Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC One, also commented on the changes. "I'm thrilled to welcome Emma Willis to BBC One," she said. "She's a brilliant live TV presenter and forms part of our new presenting lineup on The Voice UK next year."