Gethin Jones and Zoe Ball

Strictly: It Takes Two viewers want Zoe Ball’s stand-in Gethin Jones to replace her permanently

Zoe has been unable to host due to illness

Viewers of Strictly: It Takes Two have demanded Zoe Ball’s stand-in Gethin Jones hosts the spin-off show permanently.

Zoe pulled out of Wednesday’s show as well as last night’s episode due to illness and Gethin, 41, has guest hosted both evenings.

After Thursday’s show, Gethin proved a definite hit with fans as many are calling for him to replace Zoe for good.

Gethin Jones
Gethin have proven a hit with viewers (Credit: BBC)

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One person wrote on Twitter: “Wish Gethin hosted permanently.”

Another said: “Both Gethin and Rylan [Clark-Neal] could easily take over from Zoe Ball full time. Is it time for a change?”

A third tweeted: “Gethin Jones so much better than the other two presenters (naming no names…). Make him permanent please!”

Others praised Gethin for being a “breath of fresh air” on the programme.

One said: “Must admit Gethin Jones is like a breath of fresh air on #ItTakesTwo I am really enjoying his presence on this show.”

Another wrote: “How good is @GethincJones standing in for @ZoeTheBall #ItTakesTwo.

“He’s obviously got a great rapport with the ‘Strictly Family’, because of his section on Fridays, but he’s such a good, natural presenter. Brilliant show again tonight, well done Gethin!!”

On Tuesday, Zoe apologised to fans for missing the show.

She wrote on Twitter: “Gutted to say I’ve been taken down by a nasty bout of flu. Huge apologies for missing the R2 Breakfast Show & It Takes Two.

“Thanks to @Nicki_Chapman & @GethincJones for stepping in. Promise to be back ASAP.

“Sending love to anyone else illin with this flu, it’s such a stinker (sic).”

BBC added in a statement: “Tonight’s It Takes Two will be hosted by Strictly favourite Gethin Jones, as Zoe Ball is unwell.

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“Gethin will be joined by Will and Janette, Alex and Neil, and Dev and Dianne for tonight’s show. Ian Waite will also be at the studio as usual, as Waite’s Warm Up gets Strictly fans ready for the weekend.”

Zoe hosts It Takes Two on Wednesdays and Thursdays, with Rylan Clark-Neal presenting on Mondays and Tuesdays. The pair then share the presenting duties on Fridays.

Strictly Come Dancing airs on Saturday at 7:10pm on BBC1.

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