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Clare Balding on 'Britain's Brightest': 'Primetime move is risky'

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Clare Balding has admitted that she is nervous about hosting a new Saturday night BBC One show.

The presenter, who was widely praised for her coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, will front Britain's Brightest from January in a bid to find the most intelligent individual in the country.

Clare Balding

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Clare Balding

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"I'm putting myself into a different genre - I'm therefore saying to the public, 'Can you accept me in a completely different format?' and that is risky," Balding told the Radio Times.

"And obviously because it's Saturday night, I've got to glam up a bit - there will be a few people who go, 'Oh, I don't like what she's wearing'."

Speaking of her successful year, she added: "I think 'ambitious' is one of those adjectives used for women in a derogatory way.

"Yet, I think ambition is crucial in life - you have to know what you might be capable of and push yourself slightly beyond it."

Balding is also about to replace Aled Jones as the host of Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2.

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