Pop star Will Young will take his place alongside political heavyweights as a panellist on Question Time, it has been revealed.

The singer, who claims to be a fan of the BBC debate programme, will appear in a February edition, according to the show’s producers Mentorn Media.

Question Time editor Gill Penlington called up during an interview on BBC 5 Live after hearing Will speak about his passion for politics and how much he enjoyed the political debate show.

She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Will as a panellist.

“He knows his stuff politically and it will be fascinating to hear him taking on the politicians about the big issues the day.”

Will, 29, said: “As an avid viewer of Question Time being in the hot seat is something I’ve always wanted to do. As the day gets closer rest assured I’ll be swotting up on the hot topics.”

The Pop Idol winner, who went on to enjoy a successful solo career as a singer and songwriter after appearing in the reality show in 2002, has a degree in politics from Exeter University.

The show, on February 5, will come from Dunstable, Beds, and will be chaired by David Dimbleby.

Other guests will be confirmed in the New Year, Mentorn Media said.

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