Strictly Come Dancing's It Takes Two adds new host Rylan Clark-Neil alongside Zoe Ball

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From Digital Spy

Rylan Clark-Neil is set to join Strictly Come Dancing spin-off It Takes Two as a co-host alongside Zoe Ball.

The former Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side and occasional This Morning host recently hopped over to the BBC to take part in Celebrity Apprentice for Comic Relief.

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Rylan said: "I can't begin to explain how excited I am to be joining the Strictly family. I've always been a massive fan of It Takes Two and to be working with the amazing Zoe Ball is a dream.

"I'm extremely honoured to be joining such a television institution and can't wait to bring a lot of mischief to the Strictly bubble. I'm looking forward to getting started and seeing you all soon."

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Zoe 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!"

Speaking to OK! magazine about hopes for his next TV job, Rylan first admitted that he'd never do I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, before adding: "It'd probably be Strictly Come Dancing if anything, but I never make plans.

"One thing I've learnt is not to have a bucket list. I take each day as it comes and hope for the best."

And speaking to Digital Spy, Rylan also ruled out ever appearing on Dancing on Icewhich makes a lot of sense following the Strictly news.

He said: "It's a time thing. 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 think I would probably break every bone in my body because I am 400m tall."

The latest shake-up comes after long-time judge Darcey Bussell departed the show following seven series, although she was keen to point out that she wasn't exiting because of any behind-the-scenes drama.

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In a statement, she said: "I am not leaving because of any upset or disagreement at all, I am just stepping away to give more focus to my many other commitments in dance, after seven truly wonderful years that I can't imagine having gone any better."

Meanwhile, Strictly professionals Oti Mabuse and Anton du Beke are both heavily rumoured to be replacing Darcey on the panel.

Strictly Come Dancing returns for its 2019 series on BBC One later this year.

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