Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen talks Davina McCall joining Changing Rooms after major shake-up

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Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, 55, has accepted the offer to reprise his role as a host on the revival of Changing Rooms, 16 years after the last episode. This time around, he will be joined by ex-Big Brother presenter Davina McCall, 53. “Davina will be giving it a freshness which I think will work really well,” he said of his new co-host in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

Davina will be giving it a freshness which I think will work really well

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

“This is what I think has been quite clever, yes it does feel like a different thing for her to be doing, but I think she’s really relevant for it.

“She started off in quite a confrontational, slightly punky, field with things like Streetmate and Big Brother.

“We’re all now getting to a degree of older and wiser, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun and Davina is such an icon of that. She’s very excited by it.”

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the pair are yet to meet in person, but this hasn’t stopped the new co-hosts discussing their new venture together.

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“Normally we would’ve met for lunch by now, I think we’re going to have a lot of fun doing it,” he added.

“She’s certainly excited by it, I assume it was something she wanted to get her teeth stuck into as soon as possible.

“I’ve had loads of texts from her since it went public saying how much she is looking forward to it.”

Laurence said bringing Changing Rooms back to screens had been “something in the air” for a while.

Due to his work abroad being postponed, he finally found a slot in his schedule to return to the show.

“If it would’ve been this time last year I wouldn’t have been able to do it,” he added.

The interior designer went on to joke he was debating whether he should get back into his famous tight leather trousers for viewers.

“Yeah, hell yeah,” he laughed, pointing out it wouldn’t be the same without his out-there outfit choices.

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While the hosts of the show are confirmed, Laurence went on to say the crew had been “frantically looking” for new interior designers.

It comes after the likes of Linda Barker and other interior designers were not asked to return to the show.

She recently said of the new series to Hello! Magazine: “Good luck to Laurence, I think he’s one of the only originals that is doing the show.

“But no I’m not involved, I wasn’t asked to be involved.”

Laurence said of Linda’s reaction: “I know when the news broke Linda was being interviewed a lot, she was very grown up in making the point that this is a perfect time to bring Changing Rooms back, she had a lot of other stuff going on anyway.

“When all the news broke, I was away, I was obviously difficult to get hold of.

“I think it needs to have a feeling of reincarnation to it, it is unusual to bring one of the original stars back anyway, in any of these rebooted shows when you think about it.”

Elsewhere, Laurence has also been working on brand new show My Lottery Dream Home International – which is coming to Discovery Channel UK soon.

If you have won the lottery or a large sum of money, the show is looking for contributors – contact Beyond Productions for more information at [email protected]

You can also catch Laurence on Celebrity Snoop Dogs at Christmas tonight on Channel 4 at 7pm.

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