Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis have been announced to host The BRIT Awards 2017.
Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis have been announced to co-host The BRITs 2017.
Individually they are two of the most respected and experienced presenters on TV and this unique pairing is exclusive to The BRIT Awards. Their appointment follows the sad news that Michael Bublé is not able to present this years’ 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.”
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 on 22 February are Robbie Williams, Little Mix, The 1975 and Emeli Sandé, with more huge names to be announced in the coming weeks.