Dermot O'Leary, Emma Willis confirmed as new presenters for The BRIT Awards 2017

The X Factor and The Voice UK stars team up to replace Michael Bublé

Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis to host The BRIT Awards 2017

RIVAL talent show hosts Dermot O'Leary and Emma Willis have been announced as the new co-presenters of The BRIT Awards 2017, replacing Michael Bublé.

The 'Haven't Met You Yet' singer signed up for the event last year, but has since pulled out to focus on his son Noah's tragic battle with cancer.

Now bosses have turned to two juggernaut TV talent contests to find replacement hosts.

Today it has been confirmed that The X Factor's Dermot O'Leary will team up with Emma Willis, of arch rival The Voice UK, to compere the biggest night in British music.

Dermot is an awards show pro as frontman of the National Television Awards, which held its latest ceremony last week.

"My immediate thoughts and prayers are with Michael and his family at such a difficult time," he said. "It's an honour to be asked to step in with Emma to host the BRITs.

"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."

Emma got her break on MTV, but is now most famous for Celebrity Big Brother.

She recently hosted 'The BRITs Are Coming' on ITV, during which the nominees for this year's gongs were revealed.

"Every part of me sends so much love and all the well wishes in the world to Michael and his family," she said. "I hope we do him proud.

"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."

This marks the first time since 2009 that the BRIT Awards has had multiple hosts.

The BRIT Awards 2017 airs live on ITV on Wednesday 22nd February. Little Mix, Robbie Williams and Emeli Sandé are among the big names that will perform on the night.

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