Bristol celebrity Maya Jama said she experienced daily “pinch me” moments while filming for her latest television project.
The former Radio 1 DJ and ex-Cotham School pupil has been busy since her departure from the airwaves last year, working on various television projects including Save our Summer with Peter Crouch and make-up show Glow Up.
At just 27 she has landed what might be her biggest gig yet, hosting Simon Cowell’s latest talent show Walk the Line.
The six-part series debuts on Sunday (December 12) at 8pm on ITV, and each night next week until the finale on Friday.
The judging panel is made up of Take That’s Gary Barlow, Britain’s Got Talent’s Alesha Dixon, comedy legend Dawn French and musician Craig David.
Maya told her 2.4m followers on Instagram this week how it almost felt like a dream working on the show with “icons” of the industry.
She said: “The advert is on the tv & the show is starting next week I am so excited and nervous and can’t wait for you all to see it & hopefully enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it..
“It was a pinch me moment everyday hosting & working with some absolute icons at the same time! I feel so blessed to have been a part of it.
“Get ready to see my little head, some amazing singers and edge of your seat moments every day next week.”
There is £500,000 is up for grabs on the talent show, which has a twist compared to Simon Cowell’s previous television singing contests.
Each Walk The Line sees musical acts perform in front of the panel in hope of impressing them and being named one of the top performers of the evening.
However, they need more than talent to win the money – the top two performers of the night can choose to either cashout and take a tempting cash prize or ‘walk the line’ and keep playing.
The act that finishes at the top of the leaderboard then progresses to the next night’s show, where they will face a new line-up of performers.
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