Zoe Ball is hosting Mamma Mia! I Have A Dream
- Bang Showbiz
- 2 May 2023
Radio 2 star Zoe Ball has been announced as the presenter of 'Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream', with Alan Carr, Jessie Ware, Samantha Barks and Amber Riley on the judging panel
Zoe Ball has been announced as the host of 'Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream'.
The 52-year-old presenter will be at the helm of ITV's upcoming talent show hunting for a new West End star to play the roles of Sophie and Sky – played by Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper on the big screen – in a new stage production of the ABBA musical.
Radio 2 star Zoe said: "They are going to go through quite the journey but like the show and like the movie, there is going to be song, dance and fun in the sun."
The judging panel will be made up Samantha Barks, Jessie Ware, Amber Riley and Alan Carr.
The 46-year-old comedian is excited to be working on the show, which is being filmed in the Greek Islands where the original story is set.
Alan added: "Getting to judge on one of my favourite musicals, in one of my favourite locations ever, is literally my dream job.
"A whole lot of feta and a whole lot of Abba – perfection.”
Meanwhile Jessie, 38, is delighted to be returning to the same country where she got married to childhood friend Sam Burrows in 2014.
She said: "I love Greece – I got married there, I sung a 'Mamma Mia' invite to everybody. I just can't wait.
And Judy Craymer, who wrote and produced the musical, heaped praise on the balance between the judges as they each bring unique skills to the table.
She commented: "Alan has a unique comedic insight, Jessie a wealth of music industry experience and Samantha and Amber are the ultimate stage musical powerhouses."
Judy previously pointed to the way the stage show has helped young actors make "their stage debuts".
She said: "'MAMMA MIA!' has always been a show that has encouraged young actors and given opportunities to those making their stage debuts – just as our current Sophie and Sky in London (Meg Hateley and Miles Henderson) are making their West End debuts – so it feels the perfect fit for a TV show that will seek out new talent for musical theatre.
“In the lead-up to the celebrations for the stage musical’s 25th birthday in 2024, we’re really looking forward to working with Thames and ITV on this show and involving our well-loved musical as much as possible in the programme.”