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Chris Evans returns as Brits host
Chris Evans
Chris Evans said he would "do a better job this time"
TV presenter Chris Evans is to return to screens after more than four years as the host of the 2005 Brit Awards.

Evans, one of the most high-profile UK presenters of the 1990s, has not fronted a show since TFI Friday ended in December 2000.

He will take charge of the music ceremony on 9 February after hosting the show twice before in 1995 and 1996.

"I thought about it for a while, got a bit scared, which is also good and then thought I'd give it a go," he said.

ITV1 entertainment controller Claudia Rosencrantz said Evans was "always a wonderfully dangerous choice". "He's great to watch and full of energy."

I'm going to approach it slightly differently this time because I'm a bit older and a bit more experienced
Chris Evans
"Anything could happen," she added. The last time Evans was host, Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker famously invaded the stage during Michael Jackson's performance.

The Brit Awards - the UK's most prestigious music prizes - are celebrating their 25th anniversary next year and are will replace the dance music category with a trophy for best British live act.

Band Aid and Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof is to pick up a lifetime achievement award, with other nominations announced on 10 January.

Evans said he "can't really remember doing it" in 1995 and 96. "So I thought I'd go back and maybe remember doing it for once, that would be nice."

He said he had grown up during his time off screen and "thinks about things differently now".

'More excited'

"I know I'm going to do a better job this time, and I know I'm going to have a better time doing it.

"I'm going to approach it slightly differently this time because I'm a bit older and a bit more experienced. So in that sense I am less nervous but more excited."

Evans has produced a number of shows in his time off screens - such as Boys and Girls, Terry and Gaby and Live With... - but none have been lasting successes.

Reports earlier this year said he would present a schools show on Channel 4, but he dropped that because it clashed with a programme he is producing for comedian Johnny Vegas.


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