Alex Scott is most in-demand TV star as she’s lined up to be next Gary Lineker

Alex Scott is the most in-demand star on TV after scooping a series of top presenting roles at the Tokyo Olympics as well as a daytime quiz.

BBC insiders also see the ex-England football star as a potential successor to Clare Balding or Gary Lineker.

She will co-host coverage of the opening ceremony next week as well as the prime-time Today at the Games from 7.30pm.

Alex has also secured Football Focus, after taking over from Dan Walker, as well as new quiz The Tournament.

She had a prominent role during the Euros where her match analysis earned rave reviews. A source said: “Alex has enjoyed a meteoric rise since hanging up her boots.

Alex Scott is being lined up to be the new Gary Lineker
Alex Scott is being lined up to be the new Gary Lineker

“She rates really highly in viewer feedback and it will be interesting to see how she fares doing a quiz.

“But everyone is really confident it will fly too.” The Tournament will air this autumn and features eight contestants in a series of fast-paced battles in a bid to eliminate their opponents and land a cash prize.

Last week, Alex, 36, said: “To be hosting this new BBC quiz show is exciting and I can’t wait to get started.”

Alex Scott has impressed during her TV appearances
Alex Scott has impressed during her TV appearances

The Olympics officially open on BBC1 at 11am on Friday, July 23, with the build-up also co-hosted by Balding.

Alex will also present Team GB’s opening match against Chile in the women’s football live on BBC2.

Before her TV career, ex-Strictly star Alex played for Arsenal and for Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.

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