30-year old Holly will be joined as co-host on the programme by Reggie Yates, who host the chart show on Radio 1. News of Holly’s new appointment is not a great surprise following her very recent departure from Dancing On Ice, where she is to be replaced by Christine Bleakley who has just been axed from ITV’s Daybreak.
Although there has been much speculation about the presenters of the new show it was only today that Holly was able to reveal her good news, saying: “I’m so excited to be hosting The Voice. When it launched in America I watched one of the shows and thought it was just a fantastic format, and when I heard it was coming to the UK I thought to myself how incredible it would be to be a part of it. It’s going to be one roller coaster of a ride and I can’t wait to get started!”
The show is already a big hit in America, where coaches include Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, and the BBC hopes its popularity could rival that of ITV’s X Factor.
The show originally started in the Netherlands as The Voice of Holland, and the format has now sold to 30 countries around the world. It features three key stages – blind auditions, battle rounds and live performances.
The first UK judge to be announced is singer Jessie J and more announcements are expected very soon.
It could be interesting times for Holly in the next few months with her new BBC show being set up to challenge her This Morning employer’s top Saturday show!
The Chelsea football star will star alongside Danny Dyer in a new docu-drama film titled Played. It has been revealed that Ashley has put some money into the project.
The film will also star Joe Cole and West Ham manager Sam Allardyce with Danny Dyer playing the part of a football agent. The plot follows a football agent and how he goes about his business while living the Premier League lifestyle. It features a few scenarios including underhand transfers and sleeping around with different women. The producers want it to be as authentic as possible, so they were keen to include player and manager cameos in the film.
Filming is set to get underway in London, with some scenes taking place at Premier League football stadiums. Ashley Cole first became involved with film production in 2008 when he backed the British gangster movie Dead Man Running, also starring Dyer, 34, as well as the American rapper 50 Cent.