YOU wait months for a replacement TV host for Changing Rooms, then three come along all at once.
After lockdown wrecked Davina McCall’s filming schedules, she was forced to pull out of Channel 4’s reboot of the show and the hunt began for someone to fill the role.
Now I’m told there are a trio of names in the running for the role – Emma Willis, Stacey Solomon and Anna Richardson.
A TV insider said: “Channel 4 producers were left with a real headache of finding someone good enough to replace Davina as presenter
“Now Changing Rooms bosses have got three names in the running for the job. Each has their own unique style, but all of them would be great for the role.
“Emma is a TV veteran and is an absolutely outstanding presenter with bags of experience, whereas Stacey is the queen of crafting and has a real eye for design.
“What she lacks in presenting experience she makes up for in knowledge of the subject.
“While Anna is again a seasoned presenter with a really individual style and a wicked sense of humour.
“It all boils down to who can make the filming dates now. All three women have been so impressive and whoever can fit the work into their schedule will land the job.”
Whoever of the three bags the role will find themselves working alongside Changing Rooms legends Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Linda Barker and “Handy” Andy Kane.
The reboot will update the cult BBC show which ran from 1996 to 2004 and was presented by the legend that is Carol Similie.
I can’t help but wonder how she’s feeling about all this….
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Tight side of the Laur
STYLE eccentric Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen goes for the swashbuckler look – complete with pirate sword and snug-fitting leather trousers.
The presenter proved he has still got it at 56 as he prepares to return to our TV screens for Changing Rooms.
He ventured back into the loft to retrieve the trousers and aviator shades, then teamed them with a skull and crossbones waistcoat. The interior design expert is known for his outrageous fashion choice and liking of feature walls.
Laurence stuck to his word when he said he would dust off his trademark leather legwear, after it was announced last year he would be part of the Channel 4 reboot of the Nineties and Noughties BBC show.
I think he can still pull them off – as long as he’s got a tonne of talcum powder handy.
The Channel 4 show Sunday Brunch erupted into chaos as chef Simon Rimmer’s frying pan caught fire on yesterday’s live show. The presenter was part-way through demonstrating how to prepare a gnocchi dish when the pan flared up and his co-host Tim Lovejoy shouted: “Fire!”
Rob’s name game dig
WOULD I Lie To You? host Rob Brydon has made a dig at BBC continuity announcers for the recent trend of including their first names in links between programmes.
The funnyman, who was also one of the cast of Gavin & Stacey, said: “The only purpose that serves is because they are lonely.”
It’s particularly harsh criticism from Rob because was a continuity BBC1 announcer himself.
A PLACE In The Sun host Danni Menzies gets around 300 X-rated messages every time the holiday home show airs on Channel 4. Some of the rudest come from men twice her age. She said: “It was one of the first things that happened once I got the job and it was pretty disgusting.”
Suranne drops in for Vigil
DOCTOR Foster actress Suranne Jones doesn’t look her usual glamorous self in the trailer for new BBC1 thriller Vigil.
It was screened last night after Line Of Duty ended.
Appropriately enough, the new six-part drama also stars Martin Compston – DI Steve Arnott in the mega-hit cop drama.
Suranne plays DCI Amy Silva, who is sent on board submarine HMS Vigil following a suspicious death. A fishing trawler has also mysteriously vanished.
Investigating the events involves her being lowered on to the sub by helicopter.
Vigil, to be shown later this year, is made by World Productions, the same team that gave us Line Of Duty.
The trailer also briefly features Game Of Thrones actress Rose Leslie, who plays Silva’s colleague DS Kirsten Longacre.
Shirley fancies a chat
STRICTLY Come Dancing star Shirley Ballas fancies a career cha-cha-change moving into daytime TV.
The BBC1 dance show’s judge is studying to become a presenter and is eying a hosting job in which she can talk about “real issues”.
And she also hopes to inspire women of a certain age that you are never too old to try something new.
Shirley said: “I want to go into presenting so I’m doing a lot of studying. I would love to do a morning show
“I’m 60 and healthy and I feel like I want to help people, talk about all the real issues that I’ve gone through and spoke about in my book.
“So to do a show where people can communicate and phone in and I can help, that would be great. It could be on radio too.
“I don’t just want to sit where I am, I want to keep moving to show older women that there’s possibilities if you study and are open to new things.”
Shirley wants a presenting gig to run alongside her role on Strictly, where she has been Head Judge for the past four series.
She said co-star Craig Revel Horwood inspired her to move “out of her comfort zone”.
Saff fans sweet on her feet
SAFFRON Barker is being inundated with sugar daddy offers – and from people offering to pay her £500 for a photo of her feet.
She said in her latest podcast: “I’ve had so many people in my DMs before, asking me for them to be my sugar daddy.
“Or I’ve even had people DM me saying, ‘Send me a picture of your feet and I’ll transfer you £500’.”
The YouTuber and vlogger, who was a contestant on 2019’s Strictly Come Dancing, also boasts that her tootsies are the No1 hit on the website footfetish.com.
She added: “It probably seems like I’m proud of it.
“I’m absolutely not proud of it . . . I mean, I am quite proud of it.”
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