‘It would be fun to host it’ – Joe McElderry stays tight-lipped over Top Gear rumours

TV STAR ... Joe McElderry is rumoured to be replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the new host of Top Gear.
TV STAR ... Joe McElderry is rumoured to be replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the new host of Top Gear.

WERE you fooled? This was our April Fool story from this morning about our Joe aiming for Top Gear greatness:

Insiders in the entertainment industry say the South Shields-born star could be in the driving seat as the hunt goes on for a replacement for the show’s disgraced host Jeremy Clarkson.

TV STAR ... Joe McElderry is rumoured to be replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the new host of Top Gear.

TV STAR ... Joe McElderry is rumoured to be replacing Jeremy Clarkson as the new host of Top Gear.

Joe, 23, is no stranger to the TV world – having stormed to victory on reality shows The X Factor, Popstar to Operastar and The Jump.

Joe, from Westoe, South Shields, is staying tight-lipped about the speculation – but many in the industry believe Joe would be perfect for the role.

He is also known to be a fan of the show.

Industry expert Avril Narren said: “After the Clarkson debacle, many believe the show needs a new clean-cut image and Joe fits the bill.

I am a fan of the show. I’ve watched it for years. It would be really fun to host it but I can’t really say anything else about it.

Joe McElderry

“There are all kind of possibilities to combine motoring with music.”

A source close to Joe said: “Joe is a huge fan of Top Gear.

“People love him and he’s really into cars and driving as well.

“I think he could give the show a whole new image.”

Clarkson was recently let go from the BBC show after an internal enquiry into reports he had assaulted a producer in a row over food.

It is not yet known whether Clarkson’s co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, would continue on the show.

When contacted by the Gazette, Joe, wished to say nothing about the speculation.

He said: “I am a fan of the show. I’ve watched it for years.

“It would be really fun to host it but I really can’t say anything else about it.”

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