Dommett currently hosts the British version of The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer on ITV, but, according to The Sun, will be making the jump to the BBC for the upcoming Survivor revival. Fellow ITV personality Holly Willoughby was also rumored to be in the running for the position, but ultimately Dommett won out.
“He was offered the job just before Christmas and accepted almost immediately,” an inside source told The Sun. “It is his first BBC primetime role and is a huge leap for him. Holly was his closest competitor but is so busy it was hard for them to make the dates work.”
The source added: “Joel was a massive fan of the original series and made that clear when approached. He really impressed with his passion, and work on The Masked Singer and The Masked Dancer.”
Back in September, the BBC officially announced that Survivor UK would return in 2023 for a 16-episode season. Applications are now being accepted for Survivor hopefuls and will remain open until February 24, 2023. According to Variety, the season will film for eight weeks in the Dominican Republic.
Survivor UK originally aired for two seasons on ITV back in 2001 and 2002. News reporter Mark Austin hosted the first season, while cricket commentator Mark Nicholas took over for season two. The series was canceled after just two seasons.
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