Who Are Celebrity Big Brother Hosts AJ Odudu And Will Best?

6 March 2024, 15:49

AJ Odudu and Will Best are the hosts of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother
AJ Odudu and Will Best are the hosts of Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother. Picture: Getty
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New channel, new hosts. Celebrity Big Brother is back, and there are a couple of fresh faces fronting the iconic reality show.

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After five years away, Big Brother made its eagerly awaited return to our TV screens last year and again in March for its all star spin-off Celebrity Big Brother. This time it's on a new channel but with a format going back to basics, with less interference from the outside world and more challenges for the housemates.

The much-loved reality TV show/social experiment is on a brand new home on ITV2, and it's being fronted by a pair of new hosts, too.

"I'm so excited to finally be able to say that, yes: I’m hosting Big Brother!" AJ Odudu said when the news broke.

"I couldn't be happier. Following in the footsteps of some of my favourite broadcasting legends to front such an iconic show is an absolute honour – and to do it alongside my amazing friend Will is the icing on the cake."

AJ Odudu and Will Best: Friends and Big Brother co-hosts
AJ Odudu and Will Best: Friends and Big Brother co-hosts. Picture: ITV

For his part, Will said: "I grew up with Big Brother so getting a chance to host it with my mate AJ is a dream come true. I can't wait to tell some housemates not to swear."

AJ and Will won’t be complete strangers to avid Big Brother fans, but if you’re looking for a deep dive on your two new presenters, we've got you covered.

Who is AJ Odudu?

AJ Odudu in London
AJ Odudu is hosting the new series of Big Brotherr. Picture: Getty Images

Onatejiro "AJ" Odudu was born on February 12, 1988 in Blackburn, Lancashire, which makes her 36 years old.

AJ went St Bede's RC High School and St Mary's College, before going on to earn an English and Politics degree from Keele University.

She is a qualified personal trainer and sports nutritionist, and started off her media career as a reporter for BBC Blast at Radio Lancashire, before graduating to telly in 2009 in The Almost Perfect Guide to Life and on The 5:19 Show.

What TV shows do I know AJ Odudu from?

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AJ has been all over our telly for the last decade and a half since she made her broadcasting debut.

She won the second series of Celebrity Karaoke Club in July 2021, and the same month co-hosted a one-off revival of The Big Breakfast alongside Mo Gilligan.

She presented the UK jury points at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, and the following year co-hosted the official handover and semi-final allocation draw. In the TV entertainment space, she also was a backstage presenter on The Voice UK.

AJ Odudu started her work on BB on Big Brother's Bit on the Side
AJ Odudu started her work on BB on Big Brother's Bit on the Side. Picture: Getty

One of her most high profile gigs was being on the team of presenters of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant.

AJ competed in the 2021 series of Strictly Come Dancing, partnering up with pro Kai Widdrington.

They topped the leaderboard multiple times, but sadly had to quit the competition the day before the final when she tore her right ankle ligament.

She's appeared as herself on countless other shows, from Celebrity Bake Off and Would I Lie To You? to Cooking with the Star, First Dates and The Weakest Link.

Most relevant of all, AJ was a co-presenter on Big Brother's Bit on the Side and Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Psych in 2013.

Who is Will Best?

Will Best hosts on stage at the O2 Brixton Academy in London
Will Best is a co-host on CBB. Picture: Alamy

Will Best, or to use his full name William Trevorian Stuart Best, was born on February 21, 1985, making him 39 years old.

He was born in Wandsworth, London, but grew up in Leeds and went on to study History at Manchester University.

As well as his TV work, Best is the co-founder of canned cocktails company Bloody Drinks with his friend Henry Farnham.

What TV shows do I know Will Best from?

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Will's first big TV show came when he presented Viva's comedy music chat show Suck My Pop alongside Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh.

Given his background as a clubnight organiser, Will stuck with music telly in his early years working as a presenter on TV, on 4Music show The Crush and the iTunes Festival.

It's not all been music-based, though. You might also know him from dating show Love Shaft or the hard-hitting 2015 documentary Is This Rape? Sex on Trial.

Dance fans may also have seen Will fronting Got to Dance: Auditions Uncut alongside Alesha Dixon on 2017's Dance Dance Dance.

Last year, he starred alongside real-life pal Matt Richardson on Celebrity Coach Trip.

Are AJ Odudu and Will Best dating?

Nope! Both presenters have described each other as friends, but they're absolutely not a couple.

Obviously it's not really our business, but AJ is thought to be single.

It was rumoured that she was once dating Kai Widdrington when they were both on Strictly (because everyone is rumoured to be dating their partner when they're on Strictly), but neither dance partner ever dignified that suggestion with a response.

Meanwhile, Will Best is dating Tobi Rose, and the happy couple share a Tibetan Terrier called Sandwich.

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