Rylan Clark-Neal to co-host 'Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two' with Zoe Ball

Amy West
Rylan Clark-Neal joins BUILD for a live interview at AOL’s Capper Street Studio in London.

Back in January, rumours began circulating that Zoe Ball was going to step down as host of Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two after eight years. But now, not only has it been confirmed that she’s staying put, she’s also announced that Rylan Clark-Neal will be joining her to present the sister show too.

The DJ revealed the news on her BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on 18 April, where she called in former X Factor contestant and regular This Morning stand-in Clark-Neal as a surprise guest.

Reacting to his new gig on air, he said: “I can’t begin to explain how excited I am to be joining the Strictly family. 

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“I’ve always been a massive fan of ‘It Takes Two’ and to be working with the amazing Zoe Ball is a dream.”

The 30-year-old went on to say that he’s “honoured to be joining such a television institution” and that he’s particularly looking forward to bringing “a lot of mischief to the ‘Strictly’ bubble.”

Ball, who replaced Claudia Winkleman on It Takes Two back in 2011, added: “I adore Rylan, he’s an absolute wonder, I love his daftness and naughtiness and he’s a brilliant live telly host.

“He’ll fit right into our ‘It Takes Two’ family. Can’t wait for this new season to start, it’s going be a hoot!”

She later jokingly tweeted that she was “Off for an emergency dentist deep clean….” in preparation for his arrival.

Shortly after Ball made Clark-Neal’s hiring public, Strictly Come Dancing‘s official Twitter account shared the news on social media.

Interestingly, the news that Clark-Neal will soon be joining the show comes just days after the Celebrity Big Brother winner candidly told Digital Spy that he wouldn’t be keen on being a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing  as he’d likely break “every bone” in his body.

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“It’s a time thing,” he explained. “I would love nothing more than to become a professional ice skater but I would rather do it privately. Do some private lessons then do it!

I’ve been so lucky to have the career that I’ve had in reality TV and I will never forget where I came from, and that’s why I’m a massive supporter of reality TV. But I enjoy hosting too much, or it would take a lot of money.”