BBC Radio 1 presenter Clara Amfo has been announced as the new co-host of the annual Christmas and New Year Top of the Pops Specials. The news means that Clara is actually the first new presenter of the series for over a decade. She will partner up with Fearne Cotton for the two one hour specials that look back on the years music.
Clara is the host of the Radio 1 mid-morning show (airing 10.00am-1.00pm on weekdays) and says of the announcement “I’m so happy and honoured to be presenting Top of the Pops alongside Fearne. It’s an iconic show that I’ve grown up with and continue to enjoy watching, especially during the festive season. 2017 has been a rich year in pop and I can’t wait to celebrate it with the artists, Fearne and everyone at home.”
Mark Cooper, Head of Music Television, BBC Studios says: “Clara is a great champion of all kinds of pop music and she lights up the screen with her radiance. She’s a joy on Radio 1, she did a great job presenting on BBC TV at Glastonbury this year and now she’s co-hosting Top Of The Pops! Clara and Fearne will be a formidable duo!”
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Top Of The Pops will return to the nation’s TV screens over the New Year period, reviewing 2017’s year in music with a star spangled line-up of some of the brightest chart stars including Craig David feat. Bastille, Paloma Faith, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Rita Ora.