Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'll Just Be Myself on Factor ; with a Seat on the New X Factor Panel and an MTV Show to Present, It's Been a Busy Few Months for Nick Grimshaw. the Radio 1 DJ Tells KERRI-ANN ROPER He Plans to Play Nice as a TV Judge

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I'll Just Be Myself on Factor ; with a Seat on the New X Factor Panel and an MTV Show to Present, It's Been a Busy Few Months for Nick Grimshaw. the Radio 1 DJ Tells KERRI-ANN ROPER He Plans to Play Nice as a TV Judge

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NICK GRIMSHAW is, to quote a song from his new fellow X Factor judge Rita Ora, so Hot Right Now. On top of his new duties on the X Factor panel, there's his Radio 1 breakfast show to host, his hectic social life with A-list pals such as Kate Moss and Harry Styles, and his presenting gig on MTV show Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain.

We managed to grab the ultra-busy 30-year-old to discuss working with Simon Cowell, wardrobe mistakes and childhood musical influences.

Nick on what type of X Factor judge he'll be: "WHAT'S amazing about this show is there's no pre-production.

"I thought there'd be a meeting before but it's just like, 'See you on Monday at auditions'.

"They don't tell you who to be. So I think, obviously, I'll be myself and I'll be nice when I need to be - I don't think I'll be mean to anyone (just) because I feel like it."

On why he took the X Factor job: "I LOVE that TV show, I've watched it since it started. Every Saturday, everyone will come to my house (to watch it).

"I like that it feels inclusive, I like that everyone can talk about it - you can talk to your mum about it, you can talk to a cabbie, you can talk about it on radio. I feel like everybody has a reference point with it, and even people who don't really like it, still watch it.

"And people that you think are too cool to watch it, like Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, still watch it.

"I just wanted to be a part of it."

Talking about his MTV show, Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain: "THE series is all about music, really. I love Radio 1, of course, but when you've got to talk to someone in the morning, you don't have that much time.

"What I love about this is there's time to sit down and talk face- toface, and you can really find out everything; from the first moment they heard music, what the music was like in their house, to what it's taken from going to something they liked listening to, to, 'Oh, I'm going to make this my career'. …

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