Holly Willoughby admires Cilla Black

'Surprise Surprise' host Holly Willoughby - who will present a one-off special of the show on Thursday (03.03.14) - has described the programme's originally star as "an icon"

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby described Cilla Black is "an icon".

The TV presenter insisted she isn't bothered about "fame" but would love a career with the longevity of her idol's.

She told the Daily Express newspaper's Saturday magazine: "I try not to take fame too seriously ... [But] it would be amazing if I were to have a career as long as Cilla Black's.

"I'm a huge fan of hers, she's like an icon to me ... You can only aspire to a career like hers."

Holly will host a one-off special for 'Surprise Surprise' - which ran from 1984 to 2001, and originally returned in 2012 after an 11 year break - and she is excited to bring back the programme Cilla made famous.

She added: "I think 'Surprise Surprise' is still popular with viewers because it has such a history.

"It's one of those shows where people have fond memories of watching it the first time around with Cilla.

"The fact that it ran for such a long time back then shows how much people had taken it into their hearts. And I think even if we changed the format slightly, people would still take it into their hearts because of the nature of the show."


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