New NTA host Joel Dommett hopes he can ‘present an award to himself’ for Masked Singer

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The news is out! Following his success on The Masked Singer, Joel Dommett has taken the helm of the National Television Awards as ITV have confirmed he’ll be hosting the 2021 ceremony.

The NTA’s were originally scheduled to go ahead in January 2021 – as usual – but were pushed back to April due to the coronavirus pandemic. ITV have now confirmed the event will go ahead in September at the O2 arena in London.

Speaking about the news, Joel said: “It’s a huge honour to be hosting the NTAs this year! It still feels like someone has made a wonderful error… I really really love TV and I can’t wait to celebrate the best stuff from what’s been a very weird year or so.”

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He added: “I’m also really hoping Masked Singer wins something so I can present an award to myself. That’s 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 has joined a hall of showbiz legends by landing his latest gig.

It’s the biggest television awards show of the year and it’s voted for by all you telly-loving viewers out there.

We’ve all fallen a little more in love with our tellies this past year and it’s not just because lockdown has forced us to spend more time on the sofa! The quality of television this year has been outstanding, which means the bar has been set high for nominations.

Contenders for the coveted New Drama award include breakout star Michaela Coel's I May Destroy You, emotional drama It's A Sin and Normal People – the show that had us all hooked.

One of the most hotly contested categories is Serial Dramas – which translates to, “soaps.” Last year, Emmerdale snatched the prize but which one will scoop the crown this year?


In the TV presenter category, Ant and Dec will be hoping for a record-breaking 20th win, while daytime favourite Alison Hammond and funnyman Michael McIntyre attempt to dethrone them.

A new category this year – The Authored Documentary award – will recognise stars who have bared their souls to put a spotlight on issues that affect us all. Contenders include films from GMB's Kate Garraway about her husband's Covid illness and Marcus Rashford's campaign, Feeding Britain's Children.

Voting opens on Tuesday 25 May, so make sure you have your say for free at www.nationaltvawards.com

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