The BBC has denied that it axed Denise Van Outen from new reality show Over The Rainbow because she is pregnant.
None of the previous judges on Andrew Lloyd Webber's talent shows such as How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Any Dream Will Do will return for the Wizard Of Oz-themed series. John Barrowman, Barry Humphries and Van Outen were on the panel for Webber's last musical-based show I'd Do Anything.
Singer Charlotte Church, 23, has been tipped to appear on the new panel.
However, the broadcaster has insisted that their decision to not bring back the 35-year-old has nothing to do with her pregnancy. The former Big Breakfast host is expecting a baby girl with husband Lee Mead in May.
In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: "Over The Rainbow is a brand new show for BBC One with a completely new line up of judges. As a result neither Denise Van Outen nor John Barrowman nor any of the other five previous judges will be taking part on the panel. We expect to be revealing the new line up in the next few days."
It has also been confirmed that the broadcaster is still in talks with Van Outen about having a role on the show later in the series.
Webber's search for a Dorothy will begin on the BBC next month.