Big Brother presenter Emma Willis will replace This Morning host Holly Willoughby fronting series three of BBC singing star search The Voice. Co-host, Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates, will also leave - his replacement has yet to be announced.
Willoughby, 32, cited finding a balance between working and spending time with her family as the reason for her departure, describing her two series fronting the show as a “fantastic” experience.
It has already been confirmed that two of the four original coaches, Jessie J and Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue won’t return for the third run of the music show. However, the BBC has confirmed big name signing Kylie Minogue for one of the spots, with the fourth seat alongside Tom Jones and will.i.am still available.
New host Emma Willis, 37, who has just finished a stint presenting Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5, said, "The Voice is an absolutely brilliant TV show with the unique ability to showcase and nurture amazing raw talent.
"I couldn't be more excited to be a part of it and I cannot wait to get started."
The Voice UK is based on a Dutch format from the creator of Big Brother and launched on the BBC in March 2012 costing the Corporation a reported £22m for two series. Despite early success in the ratings, viewers soon dropped away as the programme failed to compete against ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. A similar pattern emerged in series two where the average series ratings dropped from 9.2m to 7.6m.
Mark Linsey, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "I'd like to thank Holly and Reggie for the fantastic job they've done on the first two series of The Voice UK but understand their reasons for leaving and wish them all the very best.
"With two new coaches on board and our two new presenters it's going to really mix things up."
Series three of the show is expected in January 2013.