Jack Whitehall announced as new host of The Brit Awards 2018

The Brit Awards will have a new host next year after unveiling Jack Whitehall will oversee proceedings for the first time.

The comedian and actor will bring his ‘enormous enthusiasm, charisma, fun and passion’ to the annual music ceremony, according to Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley.

Jack said he is ‘thrilled’ to be master of ceremonies, describing the event as ‘the kind of show you dream of hosting as a kid, so [I’m] really excited to have been asked’.

Jack Whitehall to host BRIT awards 2018

However, he has hinted that he may play a few tricks on the night after tweeting: ‘It’s live TV so if I wanted to give the lifetime achievement award to @Official5ive there’s very little anyone could do to stop me. #BRITs’

Jack takes over from Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis, who shared hosting duties earlier this year after Michael Buble pulled out just weeks before the event as his young son Noah was diagnosed with cancer.

The show, to be held at London’s O2 Arena on 21 February, will celebrate the biggest and best pop stars of 2017. The panel will start voting on Friday.

Nominations will be unveiled in January – with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Rag N Bone Man all expected to feature.

Up-and-coming R&B singer Jorja Smith has already been announced as the winner of the Critics’ Choice prize, and will receive a Anish Kapoor-designed trophy at the ceremony.

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