Rita Ora, George Ezra and B Young amongst star-studded line-up for special Top of the Pops shows airing this month

RITA ORA, George Ezra and B Young are just a handful of names from this year’s star-studded December Top of the Pops line-up set to hit screens this Christmas and New Year.

The one hour specials will celebrate the biggest hits and hottest names in British pop and from around the world, performing exclusively. The shows are hosted by Fearne Cotton and BBC Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.

Christmas Day audiences can expect performances from the likes of chart-topping Anne-Marie, Clean Bandit, George Ezra and Jess Glynne. New Year’s viewers can enjoy performances by B Young, Years & Years and Mabel.

Rita Ora said: “Top of the Pops has always, and will always be such an iconic show! It’s one of my favourites to perform on and I’m so excited to be part of your Christmas Day!”

Top of the Pops Christmas will be on BBC One on Tuesday, December 25 at 12.30pm, Top of the Pops New Year will be on BBC One on Saturday, December 29 at 5.10pm.

George Ezra said: “It’s an honour and a pleasure to be playing this year’s festive Top of the Pops. I watched it as I was growing up and so excited to be getting involved myself, expect all the bells and whistles.”

Fearne Cotton said: “Top of the Pops has become a special annual tradition for many and I can’t wait to be back with Clara watching some of the biggest names in pop perform their big hits of the year!”

Sazrah Hunt, real name Sarah, is music editor at The Entertainment Gazette. For stories, email: sazrah.hunt@entertainmentgazette.co.uk | Insta/Snap/FB: @SazrahProducer

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