Jack Whitehall to host the 2018 Brit Awards

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Jack Whitehall to host the Brit Awards for the first time next year.

The comedian takes Dermot O’leary and Emma Willis, who has shared hosting duties at the beginning of this year.

Brit Awards chairman Jason Iley said Whitehall would bring his “tremendous enthusiasm, charisma, fun and passion” for the annual music ceremony.

The exhibition will be held in London, at the O2 Arena on 21 February, to celebrate the best and the biggest pop star of the 2017. The panel starts vote on Friday.

The nominations will be unveiled in January – with Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, and Rag N Bone Man are all expected.

Up-and-coming R&B singer Jorja Smith has already been announced as the winner of the Critics’ Choice prize, and will receive an Anish Kapoor-designed trophy at the awards ceremony.

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Whitehall is known for the sit-com such as Fresh Meat, Bounty Hunters and Bad Education, and for his appearances on TV panel shows.

He said he was “thrilled” to be master of ceremonies, describing the event as “the kind of show you dream of hosting as a kid, so [I’m] really excited to have been invited”.

Previously, he hosted the Royal Variety Performance and The Britannia Awards in Los Angeles.

Whitehall was among the contenders to host the Brits this year after Michael Buble pulled out following the son of Noah, the diagnosis of cancer – but the show’s producers enlisted O’leary and Willis instead.

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