The BBC chart show could be about to make a comeback after being axed in 2006.
Classic chart show 'Top of the Pops' could be set to make on comeback on Friday nights, with Fearne Cotton and Dermot O’Leary fronting a new look show. According to The Mirror, BBC bosses have been discussing how a revamped 'TOTP' could work, in conjunction with Radio 1 moving its chart show from Sundays to Fridays.
Fearne Cotton could be set to host a new look 'TOTP'.
An insider told the newspaper, “'Top of the Pops' is a great brand name and the BBC are keen to use it. Some at the highest level are massive supporters of the plan and have given the go-ahead. The new Friday night charts could be the perfect tie-in – with 'Top of the Pops' a brilliant start to the weekend.”
Former ‘X-Factor’ host Dermot and Radio One DJ Fearne are said to be being touted as the perfect presenters for the show, especially following O’Leary’s ‘X-Factor' departure last month.
“Dermot’s departure from the 'X Factor' is another piece of the jigsaw,” the source added. “Teaming him with Fearne would be a brilliant move. He already presents a popular Radio 2 show – fronting 'Top of the Pops' is a logical step.”
'Top of the Pops' ran on the BBC from 1964 to 2006 before the weekly show was axed due to the rise of downloads and online streaming. But now the charts have moved with the times and are taking downloads and streaming numbers into account, it could be the perfect time for the iconic show to make a comeback.
While there’s been no official word about on 'TOTP’s' return, a spokesperson for the BBC did tell The Mirror, “There have been constant whispers about 'Top of the Pops' returning but they are just whispers.”