Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis to host The BRIT Awards 2017
The BRIT Awards 2017 with Mastercard are delighted to confirm Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis as co-hosts for the UK’s biggest night in music. Individually they are two of the most respected and experienced presenters on TV and this unique pairing is exclusive to The BRIT Awards 2017 with Mastercard. Their appointment follows the news that Michael Bublé is not able to present the 2017 Awards.
BRITs Chairman and Chairman of Sony Music Jason Iley said: “We are delighted to announce the combination of Dermot and Emma who are stepping up as hosts. They are currently the most in demand presenters in the UK, with a huge passion for music, and to get the both of them is very exciting for us. Our thoughts go out to Michael and his family. We would love to see him on our stage in the future.”
Dermot commented: “Firstly, my immediate thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at such a difficult time. Michael is an effortless show man, so those patent shoes will not be easy to fill, but it's an honour to be asked to step in with Emma to host the BRITs. The BRITs is an iconic show that I've watched and attended many times. It's a holy grail for a broadcaster, and I'm really looking forward to working with Emma, who I'm a big fan of, and celebrating a brilliant year of British music.”
Speaking about the role of 2017 host Emma said: "Every part of me sends so much love and all the well wishes in the world to Michael and his family at such a difficult time. I'm a huge fan of his and I would have relished watching him present the BRITs. I know everyone involved wants to make the best show possible and I hope we do him proud. I had an awesome time presenting the nominations show this year and I am delighted to be asked back for the main event. To present the BRITs is an honour but to be doing it alongside one of my absolute favourites, Mr Dermot O'Leary is just bonkers. Bring on the BRITs 2017."
Already confirmed to perform at The O2 Arena on Wednesday 22nd February are Robbie Williams, Little Mix, The 1975 and Emeli Sandé with more huge names to be announced in the coming weeks.
Nominations were announced on January 14th on an ITV Saturday evening primetime show. For full details please go to www.brits.co.uk
January 31, 2017 9:59am by BPI