Big Brother UK: the ‘frontrunner’ presenter revealed and it’s going to be LIT

Rylan Clark, Alison Hammond and Davina McCall have all been rumoured

Big Brother host 2023

by Ben Pulsford |

As you all know, we're deeply reserved folk here at heatworld; unlikely to pass judgement, comment, approval/disapproval without valid justified cause, so when we learned that Big Brother was returning to our screens (to ITV nonetheless) for a third go of it, after coming off the air under the care of Channel 5 in 2023 , we simply rose a perfectly tamed eyebrow with gentle intrigue.

Lies. We lost our utter sh-t. In fact, if you're imagining an office full of journos chucking back issues of heat into the air High School Musical 2-style, you're not far off. We held four or five emergency Big Brother content meetings soon after that, one entirely dedicated to which lucky so and so would be stepping into the big shoes of Davina McCall (followed by the smaller, yet equally fabulous shoes of Brian Dowling). And we were hardly the only ones speculating.

In addition to bringing countless Big Brother stars back from the reality TV beyond for tele interviews, show host rumours began flying – mainly stirred by us, ngl. Names like Rylan Clark, Alison Hammond, Vernon Kay, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Emma Willis (who recently ruled herself out of the running), Davina McCall (imagine), Dermot O'Leary (IMAGINE), Emily Atack, Iain Stirling, Laura Whitmore, Jedward, Fearne Cotton and Gino D'Acampo. Sounds like an ITV Christmas party, doesn't it? Can we chuck Ekin-Su and Davide into that mix for good measure?

However, it seems these were nothing but rumours, as according to the recent reports, ITV have landed on an iconic A-lister to host their latest revival. It is believed that icon of all telly icons AJ Odudu is reportedly in "advanced talks" with ITV to host Big Brother on ITV in 2023.

A source told The Daily Star, "AJ has had advanced talks with producers about the new series. The meetings have gone really well and it’s looking promising."

They added, "ITV are considering a few different stars, but at the moment AJ is considered the frontrunner."

AJ Odudu
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According to Metro.co.uk, ITV has maintained, "All suggestions surrounding the host are pure speculation and absolutely no decisions have been made at this early stage."

News of Big Brother's return dropped during the Love Island 2022 grand finale, that saw Ekin and Davide crowned winners, with the ICONIC theme music blaring in the ad break.

The show is set to return in 2023, possibly after Love Island in the summer.

A source told The Sun, "ITV is the home of big appointment telly. They know better than anyone how to put on big live events. It will open it up to a new audience and legion of younger fans."

They continued, "They are really keen on getting the deal done on Big Brother, and hope to have something firm to announce soon."

In the meantime our re-obsession with Strictly Come Dancing and Big Breakfast star AJ starts here. Let's get to know her, shall we?

Who is AJ Odudu?

AJ is a TV presenter best known for presenting some of our fave reality shows such as Big Brother's Bit on the Side, Married At First Sight UK: Unveiled and The Bridge: Race to a Fortune.

How old is AJ Odudu?

AJ is 34 years old, born on 12 February 1988.

Where is AJ Odudu from?

AJ was born in Blackburn, Lancashire.

How tall is AJ Odudu?

AJ is 5’7.

Did AJ Odudu appear on Celebrity First Dates Hotel?

Back in 2019, AJ appeared on Celebrity First Dates Hotel and was introduced to Duke, a mortgage broker from Essex, the couple seemed to hit it off with Duke admitting that he wanted to see AJ again.

However, whilst neither party seemed to confirm it, the romance didn’t seem to last as she doesn’t even follow him on Instagram anymore, (actions speak louder than words).

Who is AJ Odudu dating?

AJ is currently believed to be single.

Did AJ Odudu appear on Strictly?

You might remember AJ on Strictly back in 2021 with partner Kai Widdrington. AJ impressed the judges in week one, topping the leader board for her jive to Gold Dust by DJ Fresh. Sadly, AJ’s Strictly journey was cut short as she was forced to withdraw from the competition the day before the final after she tore a ligament in her right ankle.

Did AJ Odudu dance before Strictly?

Despite wowing the judge’s week after week, AJ had no prior dance experience (we know, we're still shocked too).

Is AJ Odudu on The Big Breakfast?

Back in September 2021, AJ co-hosted a one-off revival of The Big Breakfast alongside Mo Gilligan. The pair returned to host four special summer episodes in August 2022.. They were also joined by heat's Under the Duvet host Harriet Rose.

Does AJ Odudu have Instagram?

She sure does. AJ’s Instagram is @ajodudu and she regular posts her workouts, career and holidays.

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