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Justin Bieber, Cheryl And Others Appear In Nick Grimshaw's 'SFW' Parody Of Kanye's 'Famous'


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Stars such as Justin Bieber, Cheryl and Carly Rae Jepsen have starred in a new ‘SFW’ version of Kanye West’s notorious ‘Famous’ music video, organised by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

Unlike Kanye’s controversial clip, in which incredibly life-like waxworks lie completely naked in the same bed, in the self-styled ‘Safe For Work’ parody version all the celebrities are fully clothed.

The affectionate clip also features the likes of Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, the pop-punk act Five Seconds of Summer, And & Dec and Craig David.

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Nick Grimshaw - Guests attend Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party 2016 - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 7th June 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Guests attend Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition Preview Party 2016 at Royal Academy of Arts - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 7th June 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Oceana 'Fish School' Event - Outside Arrivals at Marylebone - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 12th May 2016

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini Confirms 'X Factor' Exit To Focus On Music Career


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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has confirmed she is leaving ‘The X Factor’ to concentrate on her music career. The former Girls Aloud singer first appeared on the judging panel from 2008 to 2010, before returning in 2014. Cheryl’s exit comes just two months after fellow judge Nick Grimshaw also confirmed he wouldn’t be back for the new series.

Cheryl Fernandez-VersiniCheryl Fernandez-Versini has confirmed her ‘X Factor’ exit.

In a statement Cheryl said: "I've missed making music. I have had such an amazing experience being a judge on ‘The X Factor’. I have learnt so much and enjoyed nurturing talent but I've missed making music and am excited to be recording again.”

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Nick Grimshaw - Opening Night Gala of The Rolling Stones 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Opening Night Gala of Rolling Stone's 'Exhibitionism' at the Saatchi Gallery. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 4th April 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - The TRIC Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England. 8 March 2016. at Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th March 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - TRIC Awards 2016 held at Grosvenor House - Arrivals at Grosvenor House - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 8th March 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Brit Awards Red Carpet 2016 at the O2 Arena, London at O2 Arena, Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Celebrities at the BBC Studios - Nick Grimshaw after a night at the Brits at BBC Portland Place - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 25th February 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - The Brit Awards 2016 (Brits) held at the O2 - Arrivals at The Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Celebrities attend the Warner Bros. BRITS after party - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Elle Style Awards 2016 at Tate Britain - Outside Arrivals at Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - Celebrities attend the BRIT Awards after party - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Nick Grimshaw - The Brit Awards 2016 (Brits) held at the O2 - Arrivals at The Brit Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Dermot O'Leary Told To 'Name His Price' For 'X Factor' Return


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With the next series of ‘The X Factor’ seemingly in turmoil after a string of departures, bosses are said to be looking to former presenter Dermot O’Leary to return to the show. O’Leary is said have been told he could ‘name his price’ to return to the series, with a potential three year deal being looked at.

Dermot O'LearyIs Dermot O’Leary set for an X Factor return.

According to The Sun, O’Leary, who was previously paid £1million per series, will be back as host, with the deal currently being thrashed out. “Dermot will come back to The X Factor. Talks are under way on his deal but everything is positive,” an insider told the newspaper.

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Nick Grimshaw - The Elle Style Awards 2016 - Arrivals at The Elle Style Awards - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Olly Murs And Caroline Flack Confirm 'X Factor' Departure


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‘The X Factor’ co-presenters Caroline Flack and Olly Murs have confirmed they’ve left the ITV talent show after days of rumours concerning their future. The duo, who previously presented spin-off series ‘The Xtra Factor’, took the reigns of the main show last year, following the departure of Dermot O’Leary.

Caroline Flack and Olly MursCaroline Flack and Olly Murs’ time on ‘The X Factor’ is over.

In a statement to The Sun Murs said: “This was an incredibly hard decision to make and one I didn’t take lightly as I’ve really enjoyed co-hosting ‘The X Factor’. It’s been one big adventure and I loved every minute of it. But my heart belongs to music and I want to concentrate 100 per cent on making my next album and getting back to performing.”

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Olly Murs Doesn't Know If He'll Be Back For Next Series Of 'X-Factor'


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Olly Murs could be the next member of ‘The X-Factor’ team to leave before the new series, as part of a massive shake-up of the ITV talent show. Earlier this week Nick Grimshaw confirmed he would not be returning as a judge after just one series and Murs’ co-host Caroline Flack is also said to be out of a job.

Olly MursIs Olly Murs also set to leave ‘The X-Factor’?

Speaking to The Mirror, Murs admitted, “I don’t know if me and Caroline will be back.” While no official word has been given on Flack’s status with the show, rumours that the presenter has been fired have been circulating all week.

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Nick Grimshaw And Caroline Flack Axed From 'The X Factor'


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In the wake of the poor ratings it suffered last year, Simon Cowell has made changes to ‘The X Factor’ by axing co-presenter Caroline Flack, soon after Nick Grimshaw confirmed that he had quit the judging panel of his own accord.

According to The Sun, 36 year old Flack is said to have paid the price for the criticism that she and co-host Olly Murs received as they presented the ITV show for the first time last year. The final episode averaged viewing figures of only 5.95 million, amid flagging ratings plaguing the whole series, and it’s not clear that Murs will keep his place either as the pair were frequently criticised for making mistakes.

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Chris Evans Doesn't Have The Time For 'TFI Friday' As 'Top Gear' Takes Priority


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Chris Evans will reportedly not be back as the host of Channel 4’s ‘TFI Friday’, due to his commitments with the new series of ‘Top Gear’. The Sun reports that despite its success, ‘TFI Friday’ will not return to our screens next year as Evans is just too busy now thanks to his new role as the host of ‘Top Gear’ on the BBC.

Chris EvansChris Evans is said to be too busy for a ‘TFI Friday’ return.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "'TFI' was only ever envisaged as a one-off series. There have been some preliminary conversations about the potential for it to return. But timing difficulties on both sides mean there are no plans for 'TFI' to come back.”

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Could Rita Ora Be Leaving 'The X Factor' After Only One Series?


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She may have joined the judging panel just this year, but Rita Ora has hinted that she’ll be quitting ‘The X Factor’ after only one series in the aftermath of her prodigy Louisa Johnson winning the competition this weekend.

“As a new judge it's a good way to leave the show,” said Rita, when she spoke to the series’ spin-off TV show ‘Xtra Factor’ viewers on Sunday night (December 13th) alongside Louisa herself, who became the youngest contestant ever to win the competition at the age of 17.

“I really can't put it into words," added Louisa. “It doesn't even feel real. It feels crazy. I just appreciated everyone keeping me in here. I've got the most loyal supporters ever, I can't thank them enough.”

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'X Factor' Reject Mason Noise Says He Wasn't In The Show To Win


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Upon his exit from ‘The X Factor’ – for good, this time – eliminated contestant Mason Noise has said that he wasn’t taking part in the show to win and that he’s “relieved” to have left.

Having already been granted a reprieve five weeks ago by being brought back by judge Nick Grimshaw, after fellow hopeful Tom Bleasby unexpectedly dropped out of the show voluntarily, the controversial 21 year old was finally voted off the show having received the least amount of support from the public on Sunday (November 22nd).

Mason NoiseMason Noise, who was eliminated from 'The X Factor' on Sunday (Nov 22)

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Axed X Factor Contestant Calls Nick Grimshaw "Unkind"


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Axed X Factor contestant Anton Stephans has hit out at judge Nick Grimshaw for being "unkind". The final act in Simon Cowell’s Overs category was voted off after a tense sing off with teenager Che Chesterman over the weekend but was not happy with comments made by Che’s mentor.

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The 44-year-old clashed with the BBC Radio 1 DJ over his performance of One Sweet Day and called Grimshaw "unkind" after he said Anton was not an artist he would listen to on the radio or a singer whose albums he would buy.

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Liam Payne Actually Owns The Flying Car From 'Harry Potter'


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Liam Payne has admitted to being a ‘Harry Potter’ uber-fan, revealing that he owns a flying car from the movie Chamber of Secrets and keeps it in his garden. Well, that’s what you can do when you’re a member of one of the biggest bands in the world.

Liam and his One Direction colleagues were interviewed by Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show on Monday morning (November 16th), and the 22 year old confessed, after a little teasing from Harry Styles, that he splashed out an undisclosed six-figure sum on the piece of Potter paraphernalia and placed it in the garden of his £5.1 million Surrey mansion.

Liam PayneLiam Payne is a self-confessed Harry Potter "geek"

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Where To Buy Beer And What To Do On 'The X-Factor': Simon Cowell Turns To Twitter For Advice


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Simon Cowell has asked fans on twitter to give him some ideas for possible upcoming theme nights on ‘The X-Factor’. The music mogul took part in the social media brainstorming session on Tuesday night and also asked for help finding his favourite beer in London. 

Simon CowellSimon Cowell has asked ‘X-Factor’ fans for advice on twitter.

Cowell tweeted: ‘What would be your favourite theme for an X Factor week. This is for two weeks time.’ Suggestions from fans included everything from a night dedicated to Phil Collins, who has recently come out of retirement, to a show featuring acts singing One Direction hits.

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Is Rita Ora About To Jump Ship From 'The Voice' To 'The X-Factor'?


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After just one season as a coach on ‘The Voice’ it appears Rita Ora could be moving on and joining rival talent show ‘The X-Factor’. According to a report by The Sun, talks between Ora and ‘X-Factor’ bosses are heating up and the singer could be about to sign on as Mel B’s replacement.

Rita OraIs Rita moving on to the ‘X-Factor’?

For weeks the rumour has been that Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw is set to join the ITV talent show and now word is he could be bringing close pal Rita along with him. The Sun reports that the ‘Poison’ singer is now in ‘advanced talks’ to join the show, with her contract expected to be signed in the next couple of days.

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The Latest ALS Ice Bucket Challengers: Chris Martin, Stella McCartney And Kate Moss


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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been surfing the celebrity world for some time now with famous faces all over the world taking the plunge in order to draw attention to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to its research. The latest stars to succumb to the cold water are Coldplay frontman, Chris Martin, fashion designer Stella McCartney and supermodel Kate Moss, with the former two joining up together to complete their nomination.

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Singer Chris Martin is the latest in a long line of celebrities to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of ALS

Martin and McCartney were both nominated by the singer’s estranged wife, Gwyneth Paltrow and did not seem too keen to accept their selection at first.

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Nick Grimshaw Swallows Glass Live On Air, Is Rushed To Hospital


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This may think that this couldn't be anything other than an entirely fabricated story, but BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Nick Grimshaw has swallowed glass live on air, and has been rushed to hospital. The DJ had to seek immediate medical attention after he accidentally chowed down on a shard of glass from the mug he was drinking from on Monday (March 3, 2014).

Nick GrimshawNick Grimshaw Swallowed Glass during his Radio 1 Breakfast Show

A spokesperson from Radio 1 told Digital Spy that the glass is believed to have come from a dishwasher, though the exact cause of the incident is still being looked into. Fearne Cotton stepped in for her pal while he was sent to hospital for an emergency X-ray.

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Corden And Grimshaw? Our Favourite Awards Show Kisses


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Good friends Nick Grimshaw and James Corden shared an intimate (and kind of tonguey) kiss at last night’s BRIT awards, much to the delight of the crowd. The kiss marked the final time that Corden would present the awards show, and also seemed to make quite an impression on Nick who then propositioned his friend: "We can be happy together. Just leave your wife! We can bring up that child on our own."

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Famous people kissing has become almost as much a part of awards shows these days as presenting and receiving the actual awards themselves!

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What Crisis? Nick Grimshaw Gains 700,000 Listeners In Three Months


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BBC Radio 1 bosses are getting closer to being proved correct in their decision to hire Nick Grimshaw for the breakfast slot, with the DJ adding more than 700,000 listeners in the final three months of 2013.

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Grimshaw had struggled to pull in the numbers since taking over from Chris Moyles in September 2012, with his audience down by a million listeners on his predecessor at one stage. 

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Pub Bound Harry Styles Ditches Cara Delevingne's W Party For A Pint With Friends


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Harry Styles, aka arguably the best quaffed member of One Direction, was unsurprisingly spotted at Henry Holland’s show during London Fashion Week. What is surprising however, was that when the festivities (which he spent chuckling with Nick Grimshaw in the front row) Harry chose to ditch Cara Delevingne’s W Magazine party and instead head off with Grimshaw and several other people for a pint.

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Nothing like soaking up a little fashion with friends, before retiring to a more casual setting.

While he may not exactly look the part, apparently Harry acts like a guys’ guy from time to time. Leaving behind Delevingne (whom he is rumored to be dating these days). Instead of heading to Cara’s party after the show. Styles went off with best mate Nick, his sister Gemma, and, according to the Mirror, Kelly Osbourne and her fiance Matthew Mosshart. The group then spotted making their way to a pub in North London, before popping over to Nick Grimshaw’s house in Primrose Hill.

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Nick Grimshaw Wins Listeners Back After Chris Moyles Exit


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Most had got used to the sound of Chris Moyles’ voice in the morning, like the bin-men or the sound of microwave heating up your porridge. It was comfortable, if you liked that sort of thing.

So when Nick Grimshaw came in – an attempt by the BBC to get that 18-24 audience – there was always going to be some bedding in time. And it would appear as though people are finally getting nice and comfy with old Grimmy.

After losing nearly a million listeners when he began the early bird show, the 28-year-old has clawed audience members back, increasing from 5.78 million to 5.88 million since the beginning of the year.

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Radio One Breakfast Audience Down 1 Million Since Nick Grimshaw's Arrival


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Nick Grimshaw, it turns out, is something of a marmite-like radio presenter, with the Radio One breakfast slot suffering a dramatic fall in listeners since the DJ took over from Chris Moyles in September last year. The station's flagship how now has it's lowest audience pull for a decade.

According to the latest official Rajar audience figures published today (May 16), the show has averaged 5.8 million listeners each week in the past three months, a far cry from the numbers he drew in at the beginning of his term as breakfast DJ, which saw a 900,000 increase in listenership. Meanwhile, on Radio 2, Chris Evans' rival breakfast show is at it's highest audience level to date, drawing in 9.8 million each week on average, an increase of nearly 600,000 since the beginning of the year.

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Nick Grimshaw Gets Car Clamped To End A Rough Week In Radio


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Nick Grimshaw didn't need this. Just days after being on the receiving end of one of Robbie Williams rants at the Sony Awards, the Radio One DJ woke up on Wednesday morning to discover his swanky car had been clamped. The 28-year-old was determined not to let the bad luck get him down and posed happily with his vehicle and a clamping document.

According to the Daily Mail, the cost of the removal of the clamp is £70.00 though Grimshaw has probably also received a parking fine of £80.00. It's probably safe to assume the presenter won't struggle to the pay off the fine, though it's another slice of bad luck in a terrible week for the DJ. On Monday, Robbie Williams fumed to the Sony Awards audience about Radio One's refusal to play his chart topping track Candy last year, singling out Grimshaw for particular scorn. "I did the Brits and started singing, 'Hey-ho, here we go' to a bunch of industry people and they were all just like, "F*** off, you're fat and you're old. And Radio 1 don't play you no more - you're fat and you're old"," adding, "Isn't that right Nick, you b******?"

Despite the rant, Grimshaw appeared to take things in his stride and later told The Sun, "I think he was so funny. I love him and he's really cool. He should have his own radio show. I'd have him on every morning."

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Robbie Williams, Nick Grimshaw In Bust-Up At Sony Radio Academy Awards


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There’ve been a few dissenting voices about BBC Radio One’s aggressive move to attract younger audiences, but few have been as vocal as Robbie Williams last night, who took his opportunity while on stage at the Sony Radio Academy Awards to lay into Nick Grimshaw and the station in general.

Williams is aggrieved that Radio One have allegedly stopped playing his music because they deemed the 39 year-old too old for their audiences, and he took his frustrations out last night, according to The Sun. “I did the Brits and started singing, ‘Hey-ho, here we go’ to a bunch of industry people and they were all just like, ‘F*** off, you’re fat and you’re old. And Radio 1 don’t play you no more – you’re fat and you’re old’ Williams ranted during his set. He then looked at Grimshaw and said: “Isn’t that right Nick, you b******?”

Continuing his tirade later on in the set after performing his single ‘Candy,’ he said “That’s Candy. How four-year-old do you want it, Radio 1?” before getting right up close to Radio One’s breakfast show host and putting a piece of chewing gum in his mouth, commenting: “Those aren’t drugs by the way. Nah, Radio 1’s not something that keeps me up at night, not at all. They’ve let me back on anyway with DIZZEE RASCAL, so thanks for that, Radio 1.” Bitter much?

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Nick Grimshaw Reveals BBC Radio 1 Rejection As Teenager


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Nick Grimshaw may be top dog now at Radio One, as host of the breakfast show there every weekday morning, but talking to The Sun he revealed that he didn’t even make the cut for work experience there when he applied as a youngster aged just 15.

Grimshaw was told he wasn’t right for the station 13 years before eventually landing the key role; he told The Sun: “My first ever rejection was from Radio 1, funnily enough. I wrote to ask for work experience and they wrote me a letter saying no. I remember being so sad, I moped around the house for ages.” It looked like the BBC knew what they were talking about too, because forays into student radio didn’t result in much success either. He recalled: “It was an early morning show and all the students were still in bed so nobody listened to it! We lasted for about three days. It was fun, though. I’ve still got the tape somewhere. I should play it on the show sometime.”

Now at celebrity status, Grimshaw insisted he didn’t live his life much different to anyone else: “I don’t really do anything starry at all. I don’t think there are any jobs that are that glamorous unless you’re actually a princess” he said. “I think the things that make everyone I know happy, whether they’re incredibly famous or not, are the same things — getting loads of food in and watching X Factor. We’re all just slobs.”

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Brit Awards 2013 - Why They Were The Blandest Brits, And Who Should Have Won...


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Awards ceremonies are supposed to make you laugh. They’re supposed to make you cry. They’re supposed to make you angry. They’re supposed to shock the living daylights out of you. They are supposed to provide some serious ‘water cooler’ moments for you to talk about at work the next day. Did The Brits do any of these things? Did they heck. The most animated we got last night was when we managed to muster up the energy to actually yawn.

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Ben Howard at the Brits 2013, possibly the blandest year ever?

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Nick Grimshaw Breakfast Show Figures Steady, But BBC Radio One Loses Half A Million Elsewhere


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Nick Grimshaw’s done his part, but you couldn’t say that about the rest of his BBC Radio One colleagues after the station reported a drop of around 500,000 listeners in the final three months of last year, the station losing ground on BBC Radio Two which boasted its highest-ever weekly average of 15 million for the three month period.

With long standing breakfast show host Chris Moyles stepping down last year, as part of the BBC’s drive to bring in younger presenters to appeal to their youth-targeted demographic, many expected Grimshaw’s arrival to herald a sharp downturn in listening figures for the flagship show. However, ‘Grimmy’ has only lost around 40,000 pairs of ears since taking over, a mere drop in the ocean given that he’s commanding average numbers of 6.7 million weekly listeners. In terms of who the BBC were targeting too, he’s done very well indeed; according to The Guardian, the show had attracted on average 3.43 million weekly 15 to 24 year-olds in the previous quarter, up almost quarter of a million on the three month period before that.

However, the overall figures don’t make for anything quite so palatable, with Radio One as a whole dropping to an average of 11.1 million listeners weekly, compared to 11.7 million in the third quarter of 2012. Good news for the corporation lay elsewhere, though, with BBC 6music boosting its audience by almost a third year-on-year, the alternative music station boasting an average weekly audience of 1.9 million listeners.

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Radio 1 Loses 500,000 Listeners: Aiming For A Young Audience Is A Bad Idea


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Radio 1 has lost over half a million listeners over the past year, and more since Chris Moyles left the station to explore pastures new. Replacing him with big haired Nick Grimshaw seemed like a great idea in efforts to draw in younger audiences, but it has proven to be a terrible mistake as the station's listenership has dropped enormously, reports the Guardian.

When it comes to most media aiming for young audiences is the way to go. However, when it comes to radio, and particularly morning radio, it just isn't the way to go. Chris Moyles was a great host for a long time, but after ten years any job can begin to feel stale. It was certainly the right time for him and his team to leave, but absolutely the wrong time for Nick Grimshaw to take up the position. Having begun his career on T4, the young presenter soon moved to Radio 1 and has worked with the station since 2007. In September 2012 he officially took over Moyle's show. 

Having lost over a million since the same time in 2011, Grimshaw also lost a further 40,000 from Moyle's final month to his first. However, while viewing figures from the younger audience of 15-24 have risen, overall they have dropped. 

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Bombshell! Vernon Kay And Reggie Yates Both Leaving Radio One


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Vernon Kay and Reggie Yates have both dropped the bombshell that they will be leaving Radio One at the end of the year.

It’s all change up there at Radio One Towers, what with long-standing Breakfast Show host Chris Moyles making way for Nick Grimshaw in the coveted morning slot and now, just a few months down the line, Vernon’s weekend show will be up for grabs, and Reggie’s Chart show will now be hosted by Jameela Jamil.

According to The Sun, 38 year-old Vernon’s decision to leave his hosting duties was spurred on by a desire to spend more time with his family, now that his daughters are at school. “I’ve had an incredible nine-and-a-half years at Radio 1 that has exceeded all of my expectations, it has been a fabulous experience and I’ve loved the weekends I have spent with my listeners,” he said in a statement about his decision to leave. “However, when I was offered a contract extension I thought long and hard, but after 12 years of working weekends with CBBC, T4 and Radio 1, I felt it was the right time to leave as the girls are now both in school so weekends are more precious than ever.”

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Dr Fox To Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw: Stop Being A Total Nob


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Dr Fox! Foxy! Remember him? Well, he's back and nastier than ever, blasting Nick Grimshaw for calling Robbie Williams "irrelevant" earlier this week. Grimshaw, who took over Chris Moyles' breakfast show on Radio 1, told 5 News that his station had deliberately omitted Robbie's new track Candy.

"I don't know if he's now for a Radio 1 audience. I've never listened to a Robbie Williams song, but I really like him.To 13 and 14-year-olds, he's not relevant - they've got One Direction. I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore." Grimshaw had a fair point - most 13 and 14 year olds would take most X Factor winners over Robbie - though in a potential sign of how relevant Radio 1 are, Robbie's 'Candy' became his latest No.1 on Sunday. Without the help of Grimshaw's station, the single moved over 130,000 copies last week to storm the charts. Magic Breakfast presenter Neil Fox stuck the boot in on Tuesday morning, tweeting, "Brainless @grimmers @R1Breakfast claims @robbiewilliams is too old & irrelevant for today's teenagers! Some advice. Stop being a total nob." Though we'd never endorse Grimshaw as a beacon of new music, we're struggling to remember a time when Fox was considered particularly relevant either. Fox also told Radio Today, "I'm not the voice of youth but Radio 1 are crazy for saying they're not playing his (Robbie's) new song. He'll still be popular when One Direction have split up."

Grimshaw had previously taken up Radio 1's 10pm-midnight slot, once occupied by John Peel. 

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A Week Of Criticism And Congratulations For Robbie Williams


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Robbie Williams managed to hit the top spot in this week's singles charts, with his latest song 'Candy', but despite the week being obviously filled with celebrations for his first number one in eight years, he has also come under great criticism. 

Radio 1 chose to elide 'Candy' from its playlists, deeming it 'irrelevant', according to Entertainmentwise. Nick Grimshaw agreed with the station, but also defended the singer. "To 13 and 14-year-olds he's not relevant... they've got One Direction. I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore," he said. "I don't know if he's now for a Radio 1 audience. I've never listened to a Robbie Williams song but I really like him... I quite like the new song". 

In contrast to this, the video for the single sees Robbie literally bashes away old age, as he punches a pensioner. The Telegraph have reported that the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) are not happy about the treatment of the elderly in the video. ''Celebrities should think twice before making ageist comments which seem to imply that pensioners should be treated in a degrading way." Said Dot Gibson, general secretary for the NPC. ''Elder abuse is a serious issue and needs to be tackled rather than seen as a bit of a joke. We need to be uniting the generations, not suggesting that they are different. Pensioners are just young people who grew older.'' Robbie's representative said that he was just playing a role and absolutely does not condone violence to the elderly.

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Too Old To Be Relevant?: Nick Grimshaw On Robbie Williams


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Robbie Williams might be at number one in the UK Top 40 singles chart with ‘Candy’, but Radio One DJ Nick Grimshaw thinks the former Take That singer is too old to be relevant to young people any more. His comments come on the back of the news that ‘Candy’ was not deemed appropriate for BBC Radio One’s playlist.

5 News have reported that Nick said “I don't know if he's now for a Radio 1 audience. I've never listened to a Robbie Williams song but I really like him. To 13 and 14-year-olds he's not relevant... they've got One Direction. I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore.” Today (November 5, 2012), though, Nick did play Robbie’s new song on his breakfast radio show and said “I quite like the new song” but he doesn’t seem to think that Williams is young enough to connect with the youth of today. Presumably it was all grown-up adults buying the many thousands of copies of ‘Candy’ that took it to number one, making it the fastest selling single by a male artist this year, then?

‘Candy’ was reportedly deemed unsuitable for the Radio One playlist, as it did not connect with the station’s 15 – 29 demographic.

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Radio 1 Out, Jesus Christ Superstar In For Chris Moyles After Lowest Ratings Ever


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Ex-Radio 1 breakfast presenter Chris Moyles worked on the station since 2004 and has since found success in many other capacities. He has his own show on Channel 4, appeared in X Factor: Battle of the Stars, written his autobiography and now he is set to be starring in Jesus Christ Superstar on the West End. His philanthropic works have seen him climb Kilimanjaro and break the world record for longest radio show at 52.5 hours, raising over £2m. Despite all of this apparent talent, and all he has done for Radio 1, the final Chris Moyles Show brought in the lowest audience figure in his entire career with the station.

Chris Moyles has been replaced by Nick Grimshaw, who began his career on T4 (which will be cancelled in January), in order for Moyles to be able to explore the potential for his career further, on stage. The Standard reports that in Moyles' final show his figures were lower than BBC Radio 4's Today Programme that airs at the same time. 6.73million listeners tuned in to Radio 1, while the Radio 4 achieved an impressive 6.94 million. As yet we're unsure whether this is a sign that the listeners are becoming inherently higher brow, or whether everyone was just bored of the northern joker. 

Radio figures seem to be falling across the board, so Radio 4 is really beating the odds. Even Chris Evans' breakfast show on Radio 2, which is the most listened to show in the UK, has lost almost half a million listeners over the past 6 months. With the figures for Moyles' reaching an all time low, no doubt bosses are overjoyed with their decision to mix it up with the northern hipster, Grimshaw. 

Radio One's Chris Moyles Left Breakfast Show With Ratings At All-Time Low


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Was Chris Moyles’ on-air fatigue rubbing off on his listeners when he left Radio One? Today (October 25, 2012), Radio Times have reported that Moyles’ listener figures were at an all-time low when he left his breakfast show on the station last month. The figures, published by RAJAR (Radio Joint Audience Research), revealed that Moyles’ audience had dropped from a one-time high of 8 million listeners, to 6.73 million.

The Radio 4 Today show beat Moyles' breakfast show, with an average audience of 6.94 million between July and September. Moyles' audience had dropped by another 200,000 since the figures were last recorded and made for the lowest audience for the show, since the start of 2006. When Chris Moyles left the station, after an eight year stint, he was replaced by Nick Grimshaw. Grimshaw is 11 years younger than Moyles and it’s reported that Radio One’s controller, Ben Cooper, felt under pressure to regain a more youthful audience for the show. We won’t know how well Grimshaw’s doing until the New Year, when the audience figures for his first quarter in the job will have been published.

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Nick Grimshaw And Harry Styles Set For Radio 1 Show


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Is Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 show flagging already? No sooner had the 23-year-old taken over from Chris Moyles than he was booking pop star of the moment Harry Styles in for a two-hour joint DJ stint!

Yep, that’s right One Direction fans, Harry will be joining Grimshaw on Radio 1 next month, on October 6, 2012. To be fair to the new breakfast radio host, the show won’t actually form part of his 6.30am-10.00am slot, instead making up a very special ‘One Direction’ day on the station. Things will kick off with Gemma Cairney, who will be joined by Liam Payne at 8am, before Styles teams up with Grimshaw and Scott Mills welcomes Zayn Malik at noon. Huw Stephens will have Niall Horan for company at 2pm before Greg James and Louis Tomlinson cap things off at 4pm. The boys will be creating their own features for their shows and possibly picking some of their own tracks.

Their appearances will be in promotion of One Direction’s new single ‘Live While We’re Young’, as well as their headline performance at the Radio 1 Teen Awards at Wembley Arena.


‘Radio One Don’t Want Me To Be A Hermit’: Nick Grimshaw’s New Regime


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Nick Grimshaw’s new breakfast show on BBC Radio One could well put an end to his partying days. The 28 year-old radio DJ now has to get up at 5:30 am – a time that he would normally be staggering home from the clubs. He’s been practicing his new clean-living lifestyle by going on a ‘detox’ holiday with Kate Moss to Ibiza. No, we know the words ‘Kate Moss’ ‘Ibiza’ and ‘detox’ don’t really sound like they’re going to work but Grimshaw insists that he and his model pal didn’t drink the whole time that they were there.

Grimshaw – or Grimmy as he is affectionately known, was used to having his celebrity pals pop by to the studio when he was recording his old show at the station but he’s getting ready for a lonelier life now. He’s well aware that your average celebrity isn’t going to be awake and popping into the city at 7:30am: “Pixie’s not going to be up at all,” he told The Mirror.

Despite a mixed response to his takeover of the show, Grimshaw at least seems dedicated to making the show work but insists he won’t leave his social life behind just yet. “Radio 1 don’t want me to be a hermit,” he said, seemingly relieved. “I can still go out, just not get drunk. Then you’ve still got all the stories and you can remember them for the radio.” And when it comes to the weekend – the world’s his oyster.


Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 Breakfast Show: How Did It Go Down On Twitter?


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Nick Grimshaw’s Radio 1 breakfast show appeared to get the thumbs up from younger listeners on Monday morning (September 24, 2012) after the 28-year-old made his debut on the station, taking over from Chris Moyles. One thing certainly evidenced during Grimshaw’s first outing was his music-driven schedule, playing more tracks in the first half-hour then Moyles would ordinarily have played in the first half of his popular show.


Manchester-born Grimshaw mainly played a mix of tracks already featuring on the Radio 1 playlist, including the current UK No.1 from The Script, though he also opted for hits by Cheryl Cole, David Guetta, Otto Knows and The Vaccines. It certainly looks as though Grimshaw and Radio 1 controller Ben Cooper are looking to tackle their target demographic of 15 to 29-year-old’s head on, and the DJ’s first track, ‘Nigg*s in Paris’ by Watch the Throne duo Jay Z and Kanye West, was perhaps a sign of things to come. The show appeared to go down well with early-bird Twitter users; one said, “I'm giving myself a headache because grimmers is so perfect?” while another offered, “I only listened to about 30mins of grimmers show this morn and I LOVED it!!! TeamGrimmers - Chris who???”. Even a couple of celebs got in on the act, with One Direction’s Niall Horan also approving of the new show, saying, “Go on grimmy! great show dude! grimmers, love the way the robot calls him grimey”.


Though Grimshaw has made a solid start, the listener figures will ultimately have the final say in his success, or failure.


Good Morning Britain: Nick Grimshaw Makes His Radio 1 Breakfast Debut


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A nervous Nick Grimshaw made his much anticipated breakfast debut on Radio 1 this morning, reports The Daily Mail.

"So this is happening, it's actually happening. Good morning Britain, I'm Nick Grimshaw" is how he greeted the early birds this morning on his debut show. Grimshaw, of course, has gigantic shoes to fill, as U.K favourite and Radio 1 stalwart Chris Moyles ended his breakfast tenure at the BBC earlier this month. The 28-year-old Manchester born broadcaster felt the pressure of replacing such a character before the show, and being greeted by two chicken suit-clad marketing monkeys outside The BBC may have done little to ease his anxiousness. "It's time to follow in the footsteps of people I like, like Chris Moyles and Sara Cox. I'm nervous, happy and desperate to get on with it," said an eager Grimshaw, who admitted to setting two alarms just in case the dreaded oversleep happened. We at Contactmusic can't think of a worse job to oversleep for!

The show itself went without any hitches. Things started with Paris by Jay-Z and Kanye West before the new morning-man joked about the songs suitability for A.M listeners. Grimshaw has been remarkably coy about his talents as a radio presenter, choosing to jest of an untimely exit due to his own errors, which, to be honest, makes a refreshing change from Moyles' sometimes cocky attitude to broadcasting. The new-look show is also a lot cleaner; whilst Moyles welcomed regular contributions from Comedy Dave and Aled Jones, Mr Grimshaw prefers a lone wolf approach. Did you listen to the new show? If so, tell us what you thought below.


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