Davina McCall has been forced to step down as the host of Changing Rooms reboot

IT’S not just tacky wallpaper which will be replaced on the reboot of Changing Rooms – they will have to do the same with their host.

I can reveal their star signing Davina McCall has been forced to stand down from presenting duties after the show’s new proposed dates clashed with her packed schedule.

The Masked Singer judge had initially signed up to front the series alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen last year, but filming was pushed back twice due to lockdowns and she can no longer commit.

An insider said: “Davina was so excited to be part of the reboot but with the changing production schedule, it has become a nightmare.

“Filming was supposed to take place at the end of last year but it got moved until earlier this year. And now it’s been pushed back again.

“The lockdown and pandemic have played havoc with the schedule and sadly Davina has said she won’t be able to commit. It’s the last thing anyone wanted but she is so busy with other filming commitments.

“Everyone on Changing Rooms is gutted as getting Davina on board was a huge coup for the reboot.”

Laurence was designer then presenter on the BBC series, which ran from 1996 to 2004.

After The Sun announced that the cult decorating show was coming back on Channel 4, he confirmed he would be returning too.

But while the six-parter is one of the most exciting programmes to make a comeback on the box, it’s been five months since Channel 4 confirmed the good news – and still not one lick of paint has been put on the walls.

I sincerely hope they can salvage it. But I for one am sad Davina can no longer be a part of it.

Anne-Marie Voices Approval

ANNE-MARIE ended fellow coach Olly Murs’ winning streak on Saturday’s final of The Voice – and she could be back to claim the crown again next year.

The Don’t Play singer, whose act Craig Eddie triumphed, wants to return to the ITV show but is at the mercy of live music’s future.

In an exclusive chat, she said: “I can’t imagine what it would be like with a live audience now, I’m so used to how it is. That would be cool if I was to do it again.

“It honestly all depends on plans and if touring is actually happening, so we will see. I would love to because I’ve absolutely loved it.”

She was also a hit on the Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up to Cancer and is now eyeing more telly work.

Anne-Marie said: “I’ve enjoyed watching myself on TV. I’ve been like, ‘Oh, I’m actually quite funny’. So maybe it’s something I start doing properly.

"The moment music and performing live are taken out of the equation, that’s a lot of my time free.

“It is just opening my eyes to what I can actually do and what I’m capable of.”


CRUISE Ship Singer star Jane Mcdonald has two unlikely fans in Nick Grimshaw and Simon Rimmer, who gushed over her Channel 5 show.

Speaking on Sunday Brunch, Nick said: “I love it, I proper love it . . . she’s just a nice lady.”

Simon added: “Great episode last night. It’s brilliant.”

Gab fear of Harry fan troll

THE Masked Singer’s Gabrielle may have a number of Brits and MOBO awards to her name – but admits she feared that One Direction fans would troll her for covering Harry Styles on her new album.

The Nineties star performed Harry’s track Falling during her stint as Harlequin on the ITV show.

And it went down so well that the singer decided to cover it on her comeback record, Do It Again.

But speaking on the podcast The Greatest Music Of All Time, Gabrielle revealed: “I was very well aware that people could have been very mad at me for daring to think I could take these songs on.”

She added: “Since I’ve released this album I cannot believe the amazing response it’s had because I was expecting pushback – (like) ‘How dare you, Gabrielle’.”

Ollie's bid to be dad

MADE In Chelsea’s Ollie Locke has announced the happy news that he and husband Gareth have found a surrogate so they can become dads.

The reality star shared with fans: “Gareth and I are very much on our surrogacy journey to become fathers.

“We are very nearly there, with the help of the best person we could ever ask for! (You know who you are, our heavenly surrogate)”

Ollie has starred in the E4 show since 2011 and married Gareth last year.

He added: “After many months of planning, legal formalities (I can’t believe it has been so difficult) and building the next stage to our home, we will soon be travelling to America (as soon as we can, sadly fertility is not essential travel!!) with our surrogate and hopefully become pregnant.

“Whatever happens, and through the ups and downs, we are going to take you all on our journey.

"Through my own social media, Made In Chelsea and (I’m sure) other TV platforms we will all go through this together and we couldn’t be more excited to become parents.”

Best of luck, chaps!

biz bit

JOE SUGG felt like an imposter while on the set of BBC1’s The Syndicate.

Speaking about shooting the series, which begins at 9pm next Tuesday, he said: “Being surrounded by really good people, who’ve been in the industry since they were young,

"I had this terrible imposter syndrome.”

Bottle of house red, Em?

THIS Is My House kicks off on Wednesday – but celebrity sleuth panellist Emily Atack says booze bottles would be the tell-tale clues if she was a contestant.

The new BBC1 game show, which begins at 9pm, is hosted by Stacey Dooley And sees Bill Bailey, Jamali Maddix and Judi Love join Emily for a nose around homes to figure out the real owner.

Asked on Radio 2 what the giveaway signs would be around her London pad, she confessed: “I think the empty wine bottles.”

She added: “Everybody knows when they come in my house it’s cosy. You don’t have to take your shoes off if you don’t want.”

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