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Brit Awards: 6 suggestions to replace James Corden as host in 2015

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Nestled in the announcement about the 2014 Brit Awards was confirmation that next year's ceremony willbe the last hosted by James Corden.

Having made his debut alongside Kylie Minogue and comedy partner Mat Horne in 2009, Corden will have presented the annual backslapping event solo for four consecutive years, the longest stint in its history.

James Corden arriving for the 2013 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London

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James Corden arriving for the 2013 Brit Awards


In the past, the Brits have changed host year-on-year, with only a handful (Tim Rice, Noel Edmonds, Simon Bates, Ben Elton, Chris Evans) getting a couple of consecutive shows under their belt.

Given Corden's safe-pair-of-hands success, we can well see the British Phonographic Industry looking to pick another long-term prospect. Either way, Digital Spy rounds out some possible replacements for Corden.

1. Alan Carr

Rihanna on 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man'

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Alan Carr with Rihanna


The reason for Corden's success was his ability to (in the main) successfully juggle a sense of fun with the respectful deference the suits and stars demand from The Brits. Carr has of course more than held his own against the very biggest celebrities on his own talkshow Chatty Man. We have a sneaking suspicion that Carr would prove even more entertainingly fearless, especially as a newcomer.

2. Ant and Dec

Britain's Got Talent presenters Ant & Dec

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'Britain's Got Talent' presenters Ant & Dec


They've been crowned best presenters for a ridiculous 12 years in a row at the National Television Awards - the first time not long after their first and only stint hosting the Brits in 2001. They're tied in to a three-year golden handcuffs deal with ITV, where the ceremony will air. Most importantly, the public love them and seemingly can't get enough of them!

3. Russell Brand

Russell Brand, Brit Awards 2007

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Russell Brand at the 2007 Brit Awards


Another possible returnee is Russell Brand, who hosted the ceremony in 2007. That was before Andrew Sachs, Katy Perry, Arthur and Newsnight, but also before his successful return to the stage with his Messiah Complex set. A potentially divisive character, certainly, he can always be counted on to work a crowd.

4. Nick Grimshaw

Nick Grimshaw at the Sony Radio Academy Awards

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Nick Grimshaw at the Sony Radio Academy Awards


Corden has admitted that it's time to "time to hand it over to someone younger and better looking", and at 29 and with that hairstyle, Grimmy ticks both boxes. His Radio 1 Breakfast Show might not be at Chris Moyles numbers yet, but since the Fox/Fleetwood debacle, the Brits has very much been focused on super-slick presentation and engaging young people, making Grimshaw an obvious candidate.

5. Greg James

Greg James, Burberry Prorsum show, Autumn Winter 2013, London Fashion Week

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Greg James at the Burberry Prorsum show


Well, if they're going to poach someone from Radio 1, Greg James is a definite possibility. A couple of years younger than Grimmy but certainly not lacking in experience, his chat show with Russell Kane proves that he can do it in front of the camera as well as with a microphone.

6. Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys


For no reason other than they would be brilliant. With over 30 years in the pop industry behind them, the boys have enough musical and industry knowhow to keep everyone in check. Neil Tennant's waspish wit and Chris Lowe's unsmiling straight man routine is endlessly entertaining on stage and in interviews, and would make the Brits a must-see.

Who would you like to see replace James Corden as host of the Brit Awards? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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