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Top Gear to hold public auditions for Chris Evan's co-hosts

IT COULD BE YOU: Top Gear's new main presenter is looking for two new co-hosts

Chris Evans has said auditions will be held to find his co-hosts for Top Gear.

He told the BBC's One Show anyone from around the world with "a real appetite for cars" was welcome to apply, whether they were "famous people" or not.

"If you're up for it, we want to hear from you," the Radio 2 DJ added.

Evans, announced as Jeremy Clarkson's replacement on Tuesday (Jun 16), earlier said the show would star at least one woman, chosen not "for the sake of it" but because of their passion for cars, reported the BBC.

Speaking on the One Show, Evans pointed out that Clarkson's former co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond had been found by an audition process too.

He added: "You've got to know something about cars - you can be a mechanic, you can be an amateur racing driver, you can be a guy who's a fireman but has been building his own Land Rover in his shed for five or 10 years... but you've got to know about cars."

Evans said the hosts could be "male, female, young or old, it doesn't matter" and suggested the three-host format would not necessarily return.

"Will we have one host, two hosts, three hosts - will we have hosts who come and go depending what's on the programme that night?" he said, adding that motoring journalists from newspapers or magazines may be suitable hosts.

Audition tapes from as far away as Kazakhstan had already been received, Evans revealed.

He also said: "I loved Top Gear just the way it was. Believe me, I'm number one in the world who doesn't want it to change."

More details on the audition process was announced on Evans' Radio 2 Breakfast Show on this morning, with a website address given out tomorrow (Jun 19).

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