An American road trip that would have included a stop in Las Vegas for a quickie wedding has been postponed after Cambridge graduate Konnie signed on the dotted line to take over from Holly Willoughby on ITV2 spin-off The Xtra Factor.More: Other odd celebrity pairings The former Blue Peter presenter saw off competition from One Show host Christine Bleakley to bag the job, which will see her join Simon Cowell in Glasgow today for the new series’ first auditions.
Now she looks back on it as more like a straitjacket.
"I think that's why I didn't leave, because if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I was enjoying it so much that I stayed on it for ages and ages and ages because I just loved doing that job." Since Blue Peter, Huq has done everything from writing short film Ahmed & Mildred to presenting The Xtra Factor to serving as a presenter on the One Show.
For more than ten years Konnie Huq bubbled away on Blue Peter, staying positive and chirpy while swimming with sharks and chasing dogs around the studio and conjuring masterpieces out of sticky-back plastic and empty yoghurt cartons.
Since leaving the children's show in 2008, her career has taken her into very different territory, from podcasts and presenting to scriptwriting on the dark and dystopian Black Mirror.