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Samantha Mumba is being tipped to replace Laura Whitmore on The Hit. Photo: Getty Images

Samantha Mumba is being tipped to replace Laura Whitmore on The Hit. Photo: Getty Images

Samantha Mumba is being tipped to replace Laura Whitmore on The Hit. Photo: Getty Images

TOP TV host Laura Whitmore is to be replaced on RTE show The Hit by two presenters.

The talent show is to broadcast live from Dublin's O2 this summer, the Herald can reveal.

TV bosses are hoping to launch the show on a grand scale that will rival The Voice of Ireland.

 

Pilot

But while Whitmore, who fronted the pilot episode last year, has gone on to other things, producers are not too worried.

"It's going to be much bigger and better than the pilot was," producer Philip Kampf said.

"And for that reason we need two presenters, not one."

There have been plenty of names in the mix for the presenting roles, including Samantha Mumba, Shane Ward and Mary Byrne, but Philip says nothing has been tied down yet.

"We'll be announcing that in a few weeks. The show will be broadcast live from the O2 over six weeks during the course of the summer."

He says the format and style is unique and therefore will have a point of difference from The Voice.

"Singers and songwriters will submit songs. Each week two well-known singers will pick the songs they like the best.

"In the live show, the songwriters will discover if their song was selected once the musicians take to the stage.

"So there will be loads of suspense and surprise live on air," he said.

"Then the two recordings will go head to head.

"Both songs will be available to download. The following week we will announce the winner – whichever got the most downloads.

"It's different to other TV shows because you're not just texting in – you're getting something for your vote."

Steve Lilywhite will return to help the celebrity singers record their songs.

Steve has an impressive track record, having worked with the likes of U2, The Killers, Talking Heads and Peter Gabriel.

 

Budding

"The Hit is a show that puts the song centre stage," Steve said. "As any artist will tell you: a great song can change a career overnight."

The show's producers are now looking for budding songwriters to submit their lyrical masterpieces for consideration.

To find out more, email thehit@vipmg.tv along with an mp3 or mp4 recording of your song.

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