Emma Willis replaces Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates on The Voice

Published Monday, Sep 16 2013, 13:45 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Big Brother host Emma Willis has been unveiled as the new co-presenter of BBC One's singing competition show, The Voice.

The BBC announced over the weekend that Emma will front series three of the show when it returns to our screens next year, and will be joined by a new co-presenter to be announced next week.

The Voice
Channels: BBC One
Picture shows: Emma Willis

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Emma's arrival sees the departure of Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates, who have co-presented the show for two series, since it started last year.

Holly explained that she stepped down from her role of almost two years because she wanted to find the right balance between work and family life.

The mother of two said in an official statement: "After much consideration, I will not be returning for series 3 of The Voice UK. I've had two wonderful years on the show, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it.

"Finding the right balance between my work and family life is my priority and this has contributed to my decision. I look forward to watching the next series from my sofa, and I wish the whole team the best of luck."

The Voice. Shown on BBC1 HD
PersonInImage:	Holly Willoughby, Reggie Yates
Credit :	Supplied by WENN

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Holly and Reggie have both stepped down from presenting the show

Holly added on Twitter: "I leave you in the safe hands of the beautiful @Emma_Willis ...congratulations my darlin girl! Xxx."

Meanwhile, 30-year-old Reggie said: "I've had a fantastic time on the last two series of The Voice and I wish all the team the best of luck for the new series."

Emma is proving to be one of the most in-demand presenters right now, after launching her career on MTV in 2002.

Along with hosting Sunday morning breakfast show on Heart FM alongside Stephen Mulhern, Emma is the main host of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother and continues to co-host its spin off show, Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

Celebrity Big Brother - Live Eviction. Shown on Channel 5 HD
Person In Image:	Emma Willis
Credit :	Supplied by WENN

© Channel 5 / Supplied by WENN

Emma has assured fans she will continue to host Big Brother

In an official statement, Emma 37, said: "The Voice is an absolutely brilliant TV show with the unique ability to showcase and nurture amazing raw talent. I couldn't be more excited to a part of it and I cannot wait to get started."

Taking to Twitter after the news, she added: "I'm so overwhelmed by your lovely messages re #thevoiceuk thank you so much. And for those asking, I'll absolutely still be on Big Brother."

The Voice returns January 2014.

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