New NTA host Joel Dommett hopes he can ‘hand over an award’ for Masked Singer
The news is out! Following his success on The masked singer, Joel Dommett has taken the helm of the National Television Awards as ITV has confirmed he will host the 2021 ceremony.
The NTAs were originally scheduled to move forward in January 2021 – as usual – but were pushed back to April due to the coronavirus pandemic. ITV has now confirmed that the event will take place in September at the O2 Arena in London.
Speaking about the news, Joel said, “It is a huge honor to host the NTAs this year! I always feel like someone made a wonderful mistake … I really love TV and can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff of what has been a very strange year.
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He added: “I also really hope that Masked Singer wins something so that I can hand myself an award. This is a creative narcissist’s dream!
The NTAs were previously hosted by David Walliams in 2020 and Dermot O’Leary between 2010 and 2019, so Joel joined a hall of showbiz legends by landing his last gig.
It’s the biggest TV show of the year and it was voted on by all TV-loving viewers.
We’ve all fallen a little more in love with our TVs over the past year and it’s not just because the lockdown has made us spend more time on the couch! The quality of television this year has been exceptional, which means that the bar has been set for nominations.
Contenders for the coveted new drama award include Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, the emotional drama It’s A Sin, and Normal People – the series that got us all hooked.
One of the most contested categories is that of drama series, which translates to “soaps”. Last year Emmerdale grabbed the award but who will take the crown this year?
In the television presenter category, Ant and Dec are hoping for a record 20th victory, while daytime favorite Alison Hammond and funny Michael McIntyre will try to dethrone them.
A new category this year – The Authored Documentary Award – will recognize stars who have revealed their souls to highlight issues that concern us all. Contenders include films by GMB’s Kate Garraway about her husband’s Covid disease and Marcus Rashford’s campaign, Feeding Britain’s Children.
Voting opens on Tuesday, May 25, so be sure to have your say for free at www.nationaltvawards.com