Carol Vorderman addresses Pride of Britain co-star decision after 22 years of hosting solo

Pride of Britain: Carol Vorderman talks about working with Ashley Banjo

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Carol Vorderman, 60, has revealed in an exclusive red carpet interview with Express.co.uk that she was excited to welcome dancer and presenter Ashely Banjo, 33, as “family” at this year’s ceremony. The star went on to say that it was “wonderful” that they were also able to honour last year’s winners at the awards.

The former Countdown presenter looked stunning in a blue layered, corset-style dress as she posed like a pro on the red carpet. 

Joining Carol as a co-presenter for the first time this year is professional street dancer and Got to Dance judge, Ashley Banjo. 

When quizzed on how she was getting along with her new co-host, Carol was quick to sing his praises. 

“Oh, I loved Ash!” she exclaimed. 

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“I’ve known Ash for, gosh, about five years? 

“But we were saying that when they [Diversity] won the first Britain’s Got Talent as a dance troop, obviously, Diversity performed on Pride of Britain.”

She continued: “And Ash would have only been about 20-years-old then, or something.

“So actually, because Ash has been on Pride of Britain quite a few times doing various things – helping me out – he’s been a part of the team for a very long time.”

“So yes, we’re having a great time!” she concluded. 

Ashley rose to fame when his dance troupe Diversity won the third season of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, beating out Susan Boyle in the live final. 

The star later returned to the show as a judge in September 2020 and has also co-presented Saturday night BBC game show Can’t Touch This.

Carol went on to open up about how she felt about presenting the awards for the 22nd time. 

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“Well, it feels wonderful,” she gushed excitedly. 

“And it’s very special, obviously, because last year it was all virtual.

“So all our winners from last year are here tonight (obviously not coming on the stage) but because it’s a family. 

“Pride of Britain is genuinely a family and they’re such special people, so it’s wonderful.”

The idea of the awards is to celebrate and honour the achievements of remarkable people who have selflessly done extraordinary things to help those in need each year.

Tonight, plenty of celebrities arrived to show their support for the awards, including the likes of Sir Rod Stewart, Holly Willoughby, Sharon Stone and Sir Mo Farah.

The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, will broadcast on ITV on November 4 at 8pm.

Nominate the unsung heroes in your life for the 2022 awards here.

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