Category: TV Ent; BBC ONE
Hot on the heels of Strictly Come Dancing comes a brand new entertainment show - Just the Two of Us.
Pairing celebrities with internationally renowned singers, eight couples will compete in a duet singing showdown complete with live band, a panel of judges and viewer voting to see who will be crowned Just the Two of Us champions.
Hosting the event will be the UK's most glamorous presenting couple - Vernon Kay and Tess Daly.
Fresh from her success as Brucie's right hand lady, Tess will co-host the new show with her husband - the first time the pair have worked together.
Tess said: "Strictly Come Dancing was such a success that I'm thrilled Vernon and I have been asked to host its successor.
"It's great to be getting right back to the glitz and glamour of a live music entertainment show and I'm really looking forward to working with someone I know so well!"
The host of T4, BBC Radio 1 weekends and fresh face of light entertainment, Vernon now appears in his first show for the BBC since BBC TWO's Head Jam in 2004.
Vernon said: "I'm so excited about working on such a great format with so many stars performing and I'm chuffed to be presenting with such a beautiful co-host!
"It's going to be a cracking few weeks of top family entertainment!"
Just the Two of Us is being created by the team behind Strictly Come Dancing.
Each night the competing couples (of singer and celebrity) will have to sing in a variety of styles including country and western, musical, swing, rock ballad, pop and soul.
They will be judged by a panel of industry experts and then viewers will have the chance to vote for their favourite.
But, in a new twist, once the losers have been announced, the couple polling next lowest will have to hit the campaign trail and visit the region where they gained the least number of votes, taking couples out across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland to try and convince people to vote for them next time.
Executive Producer Karen Smith said: "We're setting out to do what we do best - to create a big, vibrant exciting entertainment show.
"Each night will be packed with both new and classic songs, a live band in the studio and live singing that challenges the celebrities to perform in ways they've never done before.
"They will have to face their fears and tame their nerves to perform live with their singing partners who are some of the world's biggest recording stars.
"I'm delighted that Tess and Vernon will be at the helm of what promises to be one of the biggest, most dramatic shows of the year."
Richard Hopkins, Creative Head of Format Entertainment, BBC, added: "The dynamic of the pro-celebrity duos training and performing together proved constantly compelling in Strictly Come Dancing, and we can't wait to see how our singing couples cope with the pressure of the live BBC ONE shows."
Just the Two of Us will transmit on BBC ONE during February and March 2006.
Singers, their celebrity partners and the judging panel will be announced at a later date.