November 23, 2010 02:30 PM by Lori Wilson
Just who is the very loud, very enthusiastic British host who directed viewers from the Dancing with the Stars ballroom to the Skating With the Stars ice rink on the premiere episode of the new ABC reality show? That was Vernon Kay â€“ an Honorary Doctorate (for his outstanding contribution to the field of entertainment) and U.K. personality.
Even though his seemingly exaggerated declarations that Skating With the Stars was the most dangerous reality show on TV (Wipeout seems more life threatening after those safe routines) fell a little short, Vernon Kay set out to keepÂ the excitement level up during his hosting duties. Prior to introducing and chatting up ice skating celebrities though, Vernon came onto the U.K. television landscape on T4, which for those who don’t know, is a top teen TV channel across the pond.
Before even that, the Bolton, England native began a successful modeling career after being spotted by a modeling scout at the BBC’s “Clothes Show Live.” He went on to win Model of the Week on “The Big Breakfast” and began his regular stints on T4. Vernon was also a presenter for BBC2′s “Top of the Pops Plus” and “Top of the Pops @ Play” for Play U.K.
In addition, Vernon Kay has been a regular on Radio 1 since 2006, hosting a variety of shows, including “Just the Two of Us” with his wife Tess Daly. He had his own ITV1 show “Vernon Kay’s Gameshow Marathon” and traveled the world in search of “The World’s Greatest Elvis.”
Tackling the U.S. market, Vernon hosted “Hit Me Baby One More Time” in both the U.K. and the States. Next up for The Skating With the Stars host will be ABC’s “Million Dollar Mind Game,” which requires six contestants to team up and answer unusual, logic based questions in 60 seconds.
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