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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 August 2005, 08:21 GMT 09:21 UK
Ex-singers sign up to host CD:UK
Lauren Laverne
Lauren Laverne fronted 1990s indie group Kenickie
Former singers Myleene Klass and Lauren Laverne are to become the new hosts of Saturday morning music show CD:UK, filling the space left by Cat Deeley.

Klass was in TV-made pop group Hear'Say and Laverne was in indie group Kenickie and is now a TV and radio presenter.

The pair will be joined by a newcomer, Johny P, from digital channel Trouble. Deeley left earlier this year and was replaced by Dave Berry and guest hosts.

The show's new look will begin when the next series starts on 17 September.

Klass, who reinvented herself as a classical pianist after Hear'Say split, said: "I have always been a huge fan of CD:UK.

Myleene Klass
Myleene Klass found fame on TV talent show Popstars
"This is my ideal job and I can't wait to get started."

And Laverne, who is a DJ on London radio station Xfm, said: "I'm over the moon to be working on the most exciting music show on TV.

"The world is awash with incredible bands and musicians at the moment and I can't wait to get stuck in."

Johny P - real name John Andrew Pitts - plays keyboards in the band Bare Knuckle Soul and his father was in soul group The Fantastics, who had a 1971 hit with Something Old, Something New.

CD:UK's executive producer Conor McAnally said the three new hosts were chosen for their "extensive and varied music backgrounds".

"They will be able to speak with authority and genuine knowledge," he said.

"The new look will ensure CD:UK continues to reflect the ever-evolving music climate and re-invent the way music shows are presented."

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