Rylan Clark-Neal claims Radio Times TV Presenter Champion title

The Babushka presenter went head to head with The One Show's Matt Baker in a hotly contested final showdown

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He’s best known as the host of Babushka, Up Late With Rylan and Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, but now This Morning’s very own entertainment news expert Rylan Clark-Neal is officially Radio Times TV Presenter Champion 2017.

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The X Factor contestant turned TV show host knocked out the likes of Davina McCaul, Paul O’Grady, Baker’s co-host Alex Jones and Claudia Winkleman in earlier rounds of the TV voting tournament, before claiming victory in a hotly contested final showdown with The One Show and Countryfile favourite Matt Baker.

Almost 200,000 votes were cast in the duo’s 24-hour battle for top spot, and Rylan eventually claimed victory with 58 per cent of the total vote. 

Baker – who saw off competition from Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc, Rylan’s Big Brother colleague Emma Willis and both Ant and Dec on his way to the final – was leading the poll before #TeamRylan staged a last-minute push on social media to get Clark-Neal past the post.

“It’s such an honour to be the first ever Radio Times TV Presenter Champion. I can’t believe it!” Rylan told RadioTimes.com. “There were so many fantastic TV presenters in the competition so to have come out on top is a real privilege”, he said.

“Thank you so much to everyone who voted on RadioTimes.com, I can’t thank everyone enough for their support and congratulations to Matt for being a worthy second!!”


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