Alex Scott cut a glamorous figure as she hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 for the first time at MediaCityUK in Salford on Sunday evening.
The former footballer, 36, who has been tipped to replace Sue Barker on A Question of Sport, fronted the event with fellow presenters Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan.
Commanding attention, the broadcaster exuded elegance in a black bardot gown, complete with a chic thigh-high slit.
Legs for days: Alex Scott cut a glamorous figure as she hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2020 for the first time at MediaCityUK in Salford on Sunday evening
The sportswoman looked radiant in her floor-length gown, which was complemented with classic strappy heels.
Chunky diamond earrings rounded off her outfit, while her tresses were worn in a half up half down style.
In good company: The former footballer, 36, fronted the event with fellow presenters (L-R) Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding
Catching the eye: Commanding attention, the broadcaster exuded elegance in a black bardot gown, complete with a chic thigh-high slit
Cricketer Ben Stokes scooped BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year prize last year, beating the likes of racing star Lewis and sprinter Dina Asher-Smith.
Voting for this year’s winner is set to open later tonight, with the ceremony lasting until 10pm.
This year’s ceremony is being presented in front of a virtual crowd, while Rick Astley and Celeste are set to perform.
Manchester United star Marcus Rashford will be presented with a special award for his campaigning this year to help hungry children from poor backgrounds receive free school meals.
Earlier this year, Alex admitted she is continually accused of ‘ticking a box’ in her broadcasting career amid speculation she’s set to host A Question of Sport after Sue, 64, was axed following a 24-year stint.
Speaking to Women’s Health’s Going For Goal podcast, the pundit said: ‘Every job that I’m linked to and every job that I’m going to be doing on screen for the next couple of years, I know the first thing people will be saying – a lot of it because it is already happening – it’s because I’m ticking a box.
‘We’re excited!’ The hosting line-up was announced earlier this month with a glamorous press shoot
‘I came back from playing professional in America in 2012 just before the London Olympics, I was already thinking about my career after sport then.
‘I went and I did a media degree in 2013 – I spent two years doing that for this same reason, so that no one could ever say that I was just ticking a box.’
The TV star currently has a career in broadcasting, notably appearing as a pundit during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, having retired from football in 2017.
Alex went on to share that she goes to therapy, describing the process as ‘an awakening’.
Nominees: This year, sportsman Stuart Broad (pictured) is up against the likes of Formula 1 icon Lewis Hamilton and boxer Tyson Fury for the coveted title
The media personality said: ‘I absolutely love it. Some people think, oh going to therapy, why am I going to have someone tell me about myself, I know about myself, but it’s like a weight off my shoulders every single time I go. It has given me tools to deal with things.’
She also confessed she was severely trolled during her career and that her mental health suffered.
The ex-England defender played down rumours that BBC bosses have rubber-stamped her appointment to replace Sue back in September.
Current holder: Cricketer Ben Stokes scooped the title last year, beating racing star Lewis and sprinter Dina Asher-Smith
On Instagram, Alex wrote: ‘The love & support shown to me yesterday has me smiling through the weekend #thankyou I am going to #keeponkeepingon like always!’
Scott, who is of Irish and Jamaican descent, has previously opened up about her dive into a ‘dark place’ following online abuse in the past.
BBC Match Of The Day presenter Gary, 59, fanned rumours Alex’s appointment had been confirmed when he tweeted: ‘Congratulations and good luck to @AlexScott on being the new host for Question Of Sport.
Take over? TV star Alex has been tipped to replace Sue Barker (pictured with Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell) on A Question of Sport
‘Smart, knowledgeable and perfectly qualified for the role. Oh… and if you have a problem with Alex getting the job, you might just be part of the problem.’
The tweet, which was later deleted, made reference to the racist trolling the London native had received.
The BBC was forced to deny claims she had got the role as 64-year-old Sue Barker’s replacement, saying that nothing had been decided just yet.
A BBC Spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘This is all speculation, and no conversations have been made about the future line-up.’
No deals yet: The ex-England defender played down rumours that BBC bosses have rubber-stamped her appointment to replace Sue back in September