It Takes Two reveals big changes as Rylan Clark-Neal joins Zoe Ball

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Strictly Come Dancing's spin-off It Takes Two is back for 2019 - and there are some big changes.

The weekday sister show to Strictly will return next week with even more exclusive access and backstage gossip than ever before.

For the first time ever, Strictly superfan Rylan Clark- Neal will be presenting the popular teatime show alongside regular host Zoe Ball.

Rylan will present on Mondays and Tuesdays, with Zoe returning to host Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Both Zoe and Rylan will present It Take Two’s hour-long special on Fridays, filmed in front of a live studio audience and joined by extra special guests.

Ian Waite will also return each week with ‘Waite’s Warm-up’ to analyse the couples in the training rooms and Strictly favourite Gethin Jones returns as roving reporter and will be giving viewers a sneak peek of all the action at rehearsals in Elstree Studios ahead of the Saturday live show.

Speaking about joining the show, Rylan said: "I’m such a massive fan of Strictly, so I was overwhelmed when I got asked to be a host on It Takes Two. It came completely out of the blue!

"Originally I thought they were asking me to be a contestant – I thought 'no, I’m not doing it. I can’t go back into a competition!' But when they said it was presenting I had to ring Zoe to make sure I wasn’t taking her job! She said 'no, I’m cutting my time back a bit – I want you to do it!'"

Rylan added: "I’ve watched Strictly every single year. I think the only year I didn’t watch it was when I was on X Factor! I was a bit busy in 2012! But apart from that, I’ve always watched it. When my telly mum Ruth was on the show, I came down to support her.

"Strictly is a MACHINE, it’s a beast! It’s the biggest show on television, I was thrilled I was allowed to come to watch the show – let alone work on it! It’s a massive honour."

Meanwhile, Zoe said "It’s like going back to school, returning to our mad little family. It’s a joy. And we’ve also got a new kid in town with Rylan – he’s going to liven things up, he’ll be an absolute scream. It’s extra special this year.

"Now I’m surrounded by tall handsome men! With Rylan to the left of me and Ian Waite to the right, it’s not a bad place to be! It also feels like it’s meant to be – when I took over the breakfast show on Radio 2, Rylan took over my show!"

Zoe added: "I’d like to make sure we give Rylan some dance lessons on the show. I can see Aljaz, Ian Waite and Anton teaching him... he’d be good at a Rhumba or a Cha Cha. Rylan’s a great mover – we saw that on X Factor.

It Takes Two begins Monday, September 23.

Due to the 2019 World Athletics Championships, It Takes Two will air on BBC One for the first two weeks at a slightly earlier time of 5.15pm, before returning to its home on BBC Two 6.30pm Monday –Thursday and 6pm Fridays.

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