SHE is now on ITV, recording a very different show to her BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show – but that’s the one big change Zoe Ball will be making as frontwoman of Mamma Mia! I have a dream.
The 52-year-old, who split from boyfriend Michael Reed earlier this year, says she has no plans to find love on the talent competition, unlike contestant Lee Mead, who starred on BBC One’s Any Dream Will Do “ met the juror Denise Van Outen.
She said no! I won’t get a Lee Mead! Definitely not.
“But I will say – I’ve told everyone – the Sophies and Skys, you’re doing what I wanted to do when I was a kid.
“But I can’t act, I can’t sing, and so I can live my life vicariously through her, which is wonderful. Having this talent is a bit magical and if you have it you are very lucky. It’s so wonderful to see them fly with it.”
But Zoe hopes there could be romance between the contestants, not least because it could help create the right dynamic for the roles of young lovers Sophie and Sky.
Zoe said: “I asked the girls yesterday: ‘Who do you think your Sky should be?’
“Obviously I’m craving some romance. I’m like Cilla and they’re like, “It’s not a blind date, Zoe!”
“It’s interesting because you can obviously see them looking at each other and thinking, ‘Yeah, you bring that to the character.’ You need that chemistry.”
It cannot be overstated how different the new role is for Zoe as she rarely appears on television these days, let alone on a major prime time show for ITV.
She explained: “I am Mamma Mia! I am obsessed with ABBA and absolutely love her. When I got a call asking if I was interested, I said, “Yes, please.” So there was a bit of a nervous wait and then of course I had to ask my boss nicely if I could have some time off from the breakfast show.
“But luckily Radio 2 are big ABBA fans. We play a lot of ABBA and Helen (Thomas), my boss at Radio 2, is a huge Mamma Mia! fan and said, “You have to do it – it will be so much fun.”
“So I rescheduled the holidays and we made sure everything worked.”