ITV2 has signed up HAYLEY EVETTS and DANE BOWERS to host its extra Popstars: The Rivals coverage.
Hayley Evetts, a Pop Idol finalist, and Dane Bowers, formerly of R&B outfit Another Level, will front Popstars: The Rivals Extra, giving fans more in-depth programming from the auditions to the culmination in December.
The pair will front the digital channels live Saturday night shows that screen after ITV1s programme. Later in the series, they will interview the shortlisted contestants for ITV2s shows that come from the two Popstars Houses. These additional programmes will feature video diaries made by the finalists themselves in which they reveal all their hopes, fears, clashes, and expectations as the competition progresses.
Hayley Evetts, 26, reached the last five of the Pop Idol contest, and the final 30 of the original Popstars. Her television presenter credits include This Morning, and backstage interviews at The Brits 2002 and the Pop Idol Tour earlier this year.
Hayley said today: "I am so happy to be part of what is a TV phenomenon. Having been involved in Popstars and Pop Idol, I think I have a unique insight into this fantastic event and can help ease some of the singers tensions. Being behind the scenes this time round, I hope to give the performers some sound advice or a shoulder to cry on. And I cant wait to start work on the show with Dane, its going to be huge!"
Twenty-three year old Dane Bowers, currently writing and recording his solo album (previous hits with True Steppers and Victoria Beckham), has also made a considerable impact on the club DJ scene. His television credits include SMTV, CD:uk and MTV.
Dane said today: "Im really looking forward to being involved in Popstars: The Rivals, and working with Hayley. And Im particularly interested in finding out first hand what the contestants are like and what they really think about each other!"
Daniela Neumann, ITV2s Head of Programmes, said: "This is a great double signing for ITV2. With Hayley and Dane fronting our exclusive shows, well be offering viewers an exciting dimension to the Postars: The Rivals experience."
ITV1 and ITV2s coverage begins on Saturday 7 September. Popstars: The Rivals Extra is produced by Rachel Ashdown at Granada.