Bradley Walsh replaces comedian as he lands major TV presenting role

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Bradley Walsh has been announced as this year’s host of the Royal Variety Performance at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall.

The Chase presenter is taking over from comedian Lee Mack who presented the show last year.

Speaking ahead of his role, Bradley said: “I am so excited to be presenting this year’s show. It’s been 30 years this year since I first performed at The Royal Variety Performance.

“So what an absolute honour to be hosting. The line-up is incredible and I can’t wait for you all to see what I have in store.”

Performances will include legendary singer Cher, Britain’s Got Talent winner Viggo Venn, comedy sketches and theatre productions, in front of members of the Royal family.

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This year the show will also celebrate 100 years of Disney productions which will feature performances from the cast of The Lion King, Frozen, Aladdin, Hercules and Beauty & The Beast.

The National Anthem will be led by The Fanfare Trumpeters of The Band of the Welsh Guards and the National Youth Choir.

Bradley will follow names such as David Walliams, Greg Davies, Miranda Hart, Romesh Ranganathan, Rob Beckett, Jason Manford and Alan Carr who have all been selected as hosts in recent years.

Pop stars McFly, Rick Astley, Paloma Faith and Zara Larsson will also be performing infront of the Royal Family.

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A performance from world-class pianist Lang Lang is also on the cars who will be joined by Lucy, 14, who won Channel 4’s The Piano.

There will be a special tribute to theatre producer Bill Kenwright on the night too from Spice Girl Melanie C who will perform.

The evening will also be packed full of comedy from Tom Allen, Rosie Jones, Ellie Taylor and Simon Brodkin.

The event is held in aid of the Royal Variety Charity and the money raised will help people from the world of entertainment in need of care and assistance.

This year’s event will air in December on a date yet to be confirmed by ITV bosses.

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