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Zoe Ball is set to join Chris Evans as co-host of Top Gear

Published 13/09/2015 | 10:23

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Zoe Ball
Zoe Ball dances with Kevin Clifton during a photocall to launch the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2015 at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on January 15, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
Chris Evans inside his 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica which is among those he is putting up for auction
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Zoe Ball is reportedly being lined up as the new host of Top Gear.

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The former radio host (44) went in for screen testing in recent weeks and a show insider described her new role as a "certainty" after wowing producers.

"She was brilliant down on the race track and she's enthusiastic about cars," a source told the Sunday Mirror.

"She's a complete professional and of course has a long history of working with the BBC on radio and television so she has known Chris a long time. Things immediately clicked into place and there was a lightbulb moment among producers."

Zoe Ball dances with Kevin Clifton during a photocall to launch the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2015 at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on January 15, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)
Zoe Ball dances with Kevin Clifton during a photocall to launch the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2015 at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on January 15, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Stonehouse/Getty Images)

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Chris Evans (49) is already confirmed as host and model Jodie Kidd was set to join the show before pulling out at the last minute, but show bosses are determined to hire a female face of the show.

Other names in the mix to round out the new presenting trio are Dermot O'Leary, who left The X Factor this year, Life on Mars actor Philip Glenister and motorcycle racer Guy Martin, who has already appeared on the show.

Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond are the outgoing hosts and are now fronting a lucrative three-season motoring show on Amazon Prime.

Chris Evans inside his 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica which is among those he is putting up for auction
Chris Evans inside his 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica which is among those he is putting up for auction
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