The ITV show, set to launch later this year, will offer musicians a chance to win £500,000 by performing to judges (including Cowell) and deciding whether to take a smaller cash prize home or play on in a bigger risk.
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“Maya is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new faces on British television right now. Everybody is chuffed to have her on board to present Walk The Line,” a source close to the show told The Sun.
“Maya and Simon already have a great rapport so it’s a no-brainer to have her joining the show. It’s a new format so it’s a perfect hire, as Maya brings something fresh and exciting. It really seems like the perfect fit.”
Maya Jama shared the news on her own social media channels, writing on Twitter: “GOOD NEWS GANG From watching talent shows made by this man growing up to hosting one myself on big bloody ITV is honestly a dream.
“so so grateful for the opportunity and excited for this next chapter Walk The Line .. coming soooon .. brb gna scream off my balcony”
GOOD NEWS GANG😭🤯😆 From watching talent shows made by this man growing up to hosting one myself on big bloody ITV is honestly a dream🥺 so so grateful for the opportunity and excited for this next chapter 🙏🏽 Walk The Line .. coming soooon .. brb gna scream off my balcony pic.twitter.com/ywveZ085RC
— Maya Jama (@MayaJama) September 14, 2021
It was announced earlier this year that The X Factor would be ending after 17 years on air.
The series was created in 2004 by Cowell – who also served as one of its judges for seasons one through seven, then again for seasons 11 through 15 – and launched acts including Little Mix, Olly Murs and One Direction.
Walk The Line is set to air on ITV in six parts later this year.