Rylan Clark-Neal pulls out of presenting Eurovision semi-finals due to illness and is replaced by Sara Cox

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Rylan Clark-Neal has been forced to pull out of his presenting commitments for the Eurovision semi-final on Tuesday night because of an illness.

The 32 year old, who recently said he was taking a break from social media, will now be replaced by Sara Cox, who will co-host the hotly anticipated annual BBC singing show alongside Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes.

However, Rylan's fans need not despair as he will still appear on Thursday's instalment of Eurovision as he filmed the segment beforehand.

Sara added of her last-minute appointment: "I'm really excited, I've got a new little job this week. I will be co-hosting the Eurovision semi-finals on BBC Four tomorrow night and Thursday night.


"Rylan is unwell, so obviously, we wish him better. So I'll be stepping into Rylan's sparkly tux tomorrow and Thursday, 8pm, BBC Four, all the action from the Eurovision semi-finals."

The 46 year old, who has presented Eurovision back in 2001 and 2002, continued: "I'll also be rekindling the flames of fun with my old Eurovision mucker Scott Mills, and we'll be joined by Chelcee Grimes and many guests as well."

While she takes on her Eurovision hosting duties, Anita Rani will stand in to present her BBC Radio 2 show.

In a statement, the BBC wrote: "Unfortunately Rylan is unwell so won't be providing commentary for the upcoming Eurovision Semi Finals on BBC Four, however Eurovision superfan Sara Cox will be joining Scott Mills and Chelcee Grimes live in London bringing viewers all the action from the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam tonight & later this week."

They added that Rylan's illness is not Covid related.

OK! has contacted Rylan's representatives for further comment.

This will undoubtedly be devastating news for Rylan who previously gushed about the opportunity to host the annual telecast.

He said: "There was a big Eurovision shaped hole in my life last year, so I am super excited to see what everyone brings to the table for 2021 – it's the best time of the year.

"I am looking forward to being reunited with Scott for the semi-finals and to welcome Chelcee to the team. Plus Embers is an absolute tune – I can't wait."

The Eurovision semi-finals will air on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th May on BBC Four. The Grand Final in Rotterdam will air on BBC One on Saturday 22nd May.

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