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Love Island 2020

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Laura Whitmore said she was “super excited” to be a part of Love Island and not just a viewer, as she prepared to jet to South Africa for the new series. 

The former MTV host is fronting the winter series of the ITV2 dating show, after regular presenter Caroline Flack stepped down following an assault charge. 

She said: “It’s the biggest and best TV show. 

“Normally I’m sitting on my sofa watching it, which I’ll still be doing when I’m not out in South Africa, but I’m so glad to be a part of it too.” 

“I can’t wait to meet the Islanders too,” she added. 

Whitmore’s new role means she will be able to join her boyfriend Iain Stirling, who is currently the narrator for Love Island, in South Africa, where the new series gets under way on Sunday. 

“I couldn’t possibly let him go out there and have fun without me,” said the 34-year-old. 

“It will be nice. I’ve always said it, he’s one of the best things about the show. As the voiceover, he is the heart of it and he’s saying the things that people at home are thinking, but in a funnier way. 

“He’s brilliant, the show is the way it is because of him and I feel lucky to now be a part of it.” 

Whitmore believes the show’s success is due to its “human side”. 

“Even though it might seem more dramatic in the villa at times, it’s still relationships, and everyone can find a connection in that,” she said. 

“From my experience, and talking to my mum and my aunties and friends, Love Island is at the heart of the country, it’s what unites people. 

“There is so much pessimism in the world and we are bombarded with negative things, especially in the winter time when it’s dark and cold. 

“It’s nice to have this entertainment show that’s positive where we can watch these relationships progress.” 

The new series will see 12 singletons, seven women and five men, enter a new luxury villa in Cape Town in the hope of finding a partner – and winning the £50,000 prize money. 

The main show airs every night at 21:00 on ITV2, apart from Saturdays, when Love Island: Unseen Bits airs instead. 

Whitmore will also host Love Island: Aftersun, which will air on Monday nights at 22:00. 

7 January 2020

Celebrity Bake Off

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Oscar-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss, singer James Blunt and Queer Eye’s Tan France have signed up for The Great British Bake Off celebrity spin-off.

Tennis ace Johanna Konta, TV presenter Kelly Brook and actress Caroline Quentin will also show off their skills with a whisk in the Channel 4 show, for Stand Up To Cancer.

Documentary maker Louis Theroux, TV presenters Alex Jones, Carol Vorderman and Scarlett Moffatt and TV judge Rob Rinder will be hoping to demonstrate their baking prowess.

Comedians Mo Gilligan, Russell Howard, Joel Dommett and Jenny Eclair, This Morning’s Alison Hammond, Love Island’s Ovie Soko, ex-EastEnders actress Patsy Palmer, YouTuber Joe Sugg and actor James Buckley are also on board.

Each episode will see four celebrities battle it out over three rounds – the Signature, the Technical and the Showstopper – in a bid to be crowned Star Baker.

Sarah Lazenby, head of formats and features at Channel 4 said: “The Great Celebrity Bake Off is a key ingredient in our Stand Up To Cancer recipe.

“We’ve seen the power of using comedy and entertainment to bring awareness and raise millions of pounds to fund pioneering cancer trials.

“We hope viewers will enjoy this year’s line-up of famous bakers.”

She said: “There’s never a dough moment as each bring something fresh and exciting to the tent.”

Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.

It has raised over £62 million, funding 52 clinical trials and projects involving 11,000 cancer patients.

7 January 2020  

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