Emma Willis Named Sole 'The Voice UK' Host on ITV, Marvin Humes Won't Return
“The Voice UK is very close to my heart and I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the show," said Willis, who made a name for herself as the host of 'Big Brother U.K.'
Emma Willis will continue to host The Voice UK when it moves from the BBC to ITV early next year, the U.K. TV giant announced Thursday.
Co-host Marvin Humes, known as a former member of British boy band JLS and a radio DJ, will not return. The duo has presented the show since 2014.
“The Voice UK is very close to my heart and I’m absolutely delighted to be back on the show," said Willis. She made a name for herself as the host of Big Brother U.K. and as a radio DJ.
JLS found fame after coming in second on the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2008. The band announced in 2013 that their next tour and album would be their last.
The nationwide search to find a new singing talent is kicking off with producers’ auditions in six cities across the U.K. this summer. The first one is set for Wednesday in Cardiff.
The BBC said late last year that its fifth season of the singing competition would be the last airing on the public broadcaster. ITV later confirmed that it would take over the show. Ever since ITV acquired the show's creator Talpa, it was considered the favorite to air future editions of The Voice UK. The British version comes from production firm Wall to Wall based on the Talpa format.
ITV also airs Simon Cowell's The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.