Zoe Ball is returning to television after landing the job on Strictly Come Dancing's spin-off show 'It Takes Two'. Ball, a former contestant on the reality show, will replace the outgoing Claudia Winkleman, reports the UK's Daily Mirror.
The mother of two will host the daily live chat show on Bbc2, when the popular competition begins in the Autumn. The radio personality, who came third with partner Ian Waite in 2005, spoke enthusiastically about her return to the show, saying, "I am quite literally beyond elated. There has been quite a hullabaloo at home with the news. I'm giddy with glee and I may even have slipped into a celebratory cha-cha-cha, although technically not a very good one". Zoe, who is married to the DJ Fat Boy Slim, said she will 'do her best' to replace Winkleman, who is due to give birth to her third child just weeks before the new series begins. 'It Takes Two' brings fans of the regular show backstage drama and dancing gossip from the celebrity training sessions. Producer Moira Ross spoke of Ball being the "perfect" candidate for the role, saying, "With Zoe's first-hand experience of the series, she's the perfect person to give viewers all the insider knowledge, gossip and news from this year's show".
Zoe Ball first rose to prominence for her earlier presenting work on 'Live and Kicking' and 'The Big Breakfast'. She currently hosts a popular radio show on Bbc Radio 2.