BBC Radio 2 slot bagged by West End star in huge shake-up – and it’s not Michael Ball

Theatre star and soul singer Beverley Knight has revealed she has landed a new role at BBC Radio 2. It comes after a series of announcements made by the broadcaster following a huge schedule shake-up.

The star, 51, is set to fill in for BBC Radio 2 host Elaine Paige and has since gushed about the fantastic opportunity on social media. Taking to Instagram, Beverley shared the exciting news with her 103,000 followers.

She wrote: “My luvs, I’m so honoured to be sitting in for the legendary Elaine Paige for the next few Sundays at 1pm on @bbcradio2 starting this weekend! I can’t wait to share your favourite show tunes with the Radio 2 listeners – it’s going to be such a treat!”

Beverley’s fans quickly took to the comments section to share messages of congratulations. One person wrote: “You’re gonna be amazing.”

“You are the hardest working person I know baby….so proud…” another commented, as a third added: “This will be wicked!!” (sic)

A fourth chimed in: “I’m beyond excited you’ll be amazing! I’ll definitely be tuning in @beverleyknight total legend.”

British soul icon Beverley, known for hits like Get Up! and Come as You Are, is an award-winning artist.

She has previously appeared on BBC Radio 2 for four seasons of Beverley’s Gospel Nights and also starred on BBC show Just the Two of Us.

Many fans will also know her for her work in musical theatre, which has seen her take to the stage to star in musicals like The Bodyguard and Memphis.

The news of Beverley’s appointment comes after the BBC announced West End star Michael Ball would be taking over Steve Wright’s old slot on BBC Radio 2, following the presenter’s tragic death aged 69 back in February.

Michael, who currently presents on Sundays from 11am-1pm, will present Love Songs with Michael Ball from 9-11am from June.

Meanwhile, it has also been announced that former Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness will host a new Sunday show from 11am-1pm from June in order to fill Michael’s old slot.

The new programming and specials announcement from BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds have received a mixed reaction from fans so far.

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