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Young to appear on Question Time

Will Young
The singer has a degree in politics from Exeter University

Singer Will Young will take his place alongside political heavyweights as a panellist on BBC One's Question Time in the new year.

The pop star revealed to Radio 5 Live's Simon Mayo in October that he was a fan of the show, prompting an invite from editor Gill Penlington.

Young, 29, will appear on the show in February, producers Mentorn Media said.

"As an avid viewer of Question Time being in the hot seat is something I've always wanted to do," Young said.

"As the day gets closer rest assured I'll be swotting up on the hot topics."

Big issues

Ms Penlington invited Young on to the show after listening to a live interview where he spoke about his passion for politics and talk about how much he enjoyed the BBC current affairs programme.

She said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have Will as a panellist.

"He knows his stuff politically and it will be fascinating to hear him taking on the politicians about the big issues the day."

Young, who has a degree in politics from Exeter University, won TV talent show Pop Idol in 2002 and went on to carve out a successful solo career as a singer and songwriter.

The show, on 5 February, will come from Dunstable, and will be chaired by David Dimbleby. Other guests will be confirmed in the New Year, Mentorn Media said.

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