BBC DJ Clara Amfo jumps to ITV with new primetime live music show

Clara Amfo is launching a live primetime music show on ITV.

The 39-year-old presenter - who previously hosted her own show on BBC Radio 1 - is set to front 'ITV Studio Sessions', with the series expected to hit the airwaves next month.

She said: "I am thrilled to be part of something brand new on ITV with 'Studio Sessions', as I wholly believe that music performance on television is still such a treat for artists to do and for their fans to enjoy.

“As the host and consultant producer, I’m truly looking forward to having rooted conversations with our guests, so that audiences can learn something new about them and, of course, see them celebrate their most beloved and new songs.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning ITV, added: "ITV Studio Sessions offers the perfect mix of music and insightful conversation, and I am delighted about this exciting new series starting this May. Clara is a dynamic presenter and has interviewed the biggest names in music and entertainment, making her the perfect host."

The show will platform some of the most talented UK musicians as well as championing new singers with Becky Hill, Cat Burns, Jess Glynne, Tom Walker, YUNGBLUD and Sekou, as they perform new music, old favourites and one-of-a-kind covers allowing audiences to enjoy the artists in a whole new light.

The six-part series - with a new episode each week - will see the featured performers grace the stage at the Blueroom in London's O2 Arena.

They will each perform a mix of new tunes alongside cover versions of classic hits, while chatting with Clara in between.

ITV and O2 share a rich legacy in music and connecting fans to experiences they love. From ITV’s broadcasting of The BRIT Awards and 'An Audience with Kylie', to O2’s heritage within the industry - offering early access to the most sought-after tickets in entertainment and O2’s exclusive Priority Gig series which has seen iconic talent such as Sam Fender and Anne-Marie headline intimate shows for customers.

Clara is no stranger to the format, having fronted 'Live Lounge' and 'Future Sounds' on Radio 1, as well as interviewing the likes of Sir Elton John, Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Kendrick Lamar and Dua Lipa.

Back in December, she announced her departure from 'Future Sounds', and revealed she was looking forward to the next stage of her career.

She said: "I'm energised and excited for my next chapter as part of the network and beyond."

'Chart Show' host Jack Saunders is taking over the evening slot, which he admitted meant his "dreams have become a reality".

All of the episodes will be available to watch on ITVX from Friday 3 May 2024 and will be exclusively broadcast on ITV1 every Friday night at 10.45pm.