The X Factor boss is hoping the former judge can revive a flagging show
Simon Cowell went all guns blazing for the latest series of The X Factor: poaching Rita Ora from BBC’s The Voice; drafting in young audience pleaser Nick Grimshaw; booting old-time judge Louis Walsh from the panel; and sticking with pretty Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.
Simon Cowell is calling in old pal Louis Walsh to help with The X Factor's ratings slump
He’s changed the category format, thrown everyone’s favourite presenter, Dermot O’Leary, away and declared war on his Saturday night rival, Strictly Come Dancing.
Continue reading: Simon Cowell Reportedly Makes A Crisis Call To Louis Walsh
The music mogul has been given the over-25s to mentor again.
The ‘X-Factor’ judges have been given their categories for this year, with Simon Cowell mentoring the Over-25s for the second year in a row. For the first time ever, this series the fans were given the opportunity to select the judges’ categories, with a vote taking place on twitter over the weekend.
Simon Cowell will mentor the Over-25s again this year.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini was given the Groups, after mentoring the Girls last year, while new judge Nick Grimshaw will mentor the Boys and fellow newbie Rita Ora will take the Girls. After the categories were announced Cheryl expressed her excitement on twitter writing, ‘I GOT THE GROUPSSSSS!!! I am so excited !!’
The ITV talent show suffered a huge drop in ratings on Saturday night and claims that girlband Fourth Power weren't amateurs.
‘The X-Factor’ returned to UK screens on ITV, Saturday night (August 29th), with a revamped judging panel which doesn't seem to have proved a hit with viewers. The talent show scored a record low rating for it’s series premiere, as well as fan backlash over a girl group who have already released records.
According to The Mirror, the revamped show only brought in 7.11m viewers, a drop of nearly two million from last year's launch show. The numbers are the lowest ever launch ratings for the show, since 2012 when 8.62m tuned in.
The talent show returns to our screens this Saturday (August 29th).
‘X-Factor’ viewers have been granted even more power this year, as for the first time ever they’ll be the ones choosing which category each judge will mentor. Voting will open during the show’s first episode this Saturday on ITV and will take place on twitter.
The ‘X-Factor’ judges will have their categories picked for them thanks to a viewer vote.
Viewers will be able to vote by using the hashtag with the name of a judge and the category they want to see them mentor, for example #CherylBoys #CherylGirls #CherylGroups #SimonOvers. Voting closes at 12pm on Tuesday 1 September.
Continue reading: 'X-Factor' Viewers Will Get To Vote On Judges' Categories In New Twist
The new X Factor judge reveals he's Simon Cowell's new best friend
It was a bromance that everyone could get involved with as straight-laced Simon Cowell found a new goofy love with silly man David Walliams on the Britain’s Got Talent judging panel. Unfortunately for Walliams, it seems that Cowell enjoys that style of friendship so much he’s found a replacement Walliams on his other judging panel: The X Factor.
Hipster Nick is in and comedian David is out
According to Nick Grimshaw, one of the two newest members of the Cowell’s singing talent contest, Walliams is out and he is in as Simon’s newest BFF.
Continue reading: David Walliams Is Out And Nick Grimshaw Is In!
The former Girls Aloud singer was not happy to hear the dreaded ‘c-word’ during the recent London auditions.
New ‘X-Factor’ judge Nick Grimshaw may have gotten on wrong side of colleague Cheryl Fernandez-Versini already, when he called the singer by her former married name of Cheryl Cole. The slip up occurred during the London round of auditions for the talent show which took place at Wembley earlier this week.
Nick Grimshaw mistakenly called Cheryl by her former married name.
According to fans in attendance Grimshaw referred to the Geordie singer as Cheryl Cole when asking for her opinion after an audition. Cheryl is said to have snapped back, 'It's Cheryl or Chezza!’
The new X Factor judge is rumoured to be doing very well as the funny guy on the panel
If The X Factor knows how to do one thing, it’s how to make headlines and those headlines are rarely about its contestants. When Simon Cowell revealed 2015’s judging line-up, which included himself, stalwart Cheryl, singer Rita Ora and radio DJ Nick Grimshaw, the panel found itself in the limelight and for all the wrong reasons.
Nick Grimshaw is being touted as Simon's new David Walliams on The X Factor
However, the Radio Times has reported that Cowell’s ambitious judging decision has paid off, particularly with his ‘new David Walliams’ - Nick Grimshaw.
Continue reading: Is Nick Grimshaw The X Factor's Version Of David Walliams?
The ex-Radio 1 presenter is reported to be on the brink of a radio comeback after three years out of the game.
Chris Moyles is reported to be making a surprise comeback to the nation’s airwaves by hosting a new breakfast show starting later this year.
According to a report in The Sun, the 41 year old Yorkshireman signed a “big money deal” with XFM to front a breakfast show that will apparently start in September this year. It would of course mean that Moyles will directly compete with Nick Grimshaw, the man who replaced him on BBC Radio 1’s breakfast show three years ago.
Chris Moyles is to present a new XFM breakfast show, according to reports
Continue reading: Chris Moyles Poised For Breakfast Show Comeback On XFM
She announced in June that she was leaving 'The Voice' to join the ITV reality singing contest instead, but has spoken about her decision for the first time today.
New judge on ‘The X Factor’ Rita Ora has revealed that she couldn’t say no to Simon Cowell’s offer once she had heard about the organisers’ new plans for the reality TV show, and that it was this that was the primary factor in her decision to leave ‘The Voice’.
The 24 year old hitmaker spoke to Lorraine Kelly on the British morning chat show ‘Lorraine’ about her high-profile network switch from the BBC to ITV, saying that she just wanted “to be a part of it” when she heard about the new ideas.
Rita Ora performing at Wireless Festival 2015
Continue reading: Rita Ora Opens Up About Why She Decided To Join 'The X Factor'
Rita Ora was confirmed as the fourth judge on 'The X Factor's panel for its upcoming 12th series, and the reaction has been mixed to say the least.
Katie Hopkins has become the latest celebrity to launch a criticism of Rita Ora’s accession to ‘The X Factor’s panel, predicting that the pop star will be “hopeless” on the ITV show when it returns in September.
“If her time on ‘The Voice’ is anything to go by, she will be hopeless at telling the truth, congratulate everyone no matter how poorly they perform and fail to get a single act through to the final,” the acid-tongued Hopkins wrote in her regular column in The Sun on Friday (June 19th).
Katie Hopkins has also piled in on Rita Ora's accession to 'The X Factor'
Continue reading: Katie Hopkins Slams Rita Ora's 'X Factor' Appointment
The new judge was unable to ignore a particularly difficult review of her new job
The appointment of Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw to this year’s X Factor has definitely divided opinion but what cannot be denied is that their addition has created a lot of publicity for the talent show.
Rita Ora as a new X Factor judge has not been warmly received by everyone
Good and bad, there have been a lot of thoughts and viewpoints over popstar Ora and radio DJ Grimshaw taking the two spare judges chairs but it seems that when it comes to really negative criticism, Rita Ora simply can’t ignore it.
The British pop star has reportedly reached a deal with ITV to leave 'The Voice' and judge on 'The X Factor' this year.
After weeks of speculation, it seems that Rita Ora has finally jumped ship from the BBC to ITV, according to insiders, and will be taking up a place on the judging panel of ‘The X Factor’, abandoning ‘The Voice’ in the process after just one year.
The Mirror reports that the 24 year old pop star has accepted the fourth and final judges’ spot, a week after it was suggested that she had been offered £1.5 million to replace the departing Mel B for the 2015 edition.
Rita Ora has reportedly accepted ITV's offer to become a judge on 'The X Factor'
Continue reading: Rita Ora Moves From 'The Voice' To 'The X Factor'
Nick Grimshaw is the new X-Factor judge.
Nick Grimshaw is expected to be named as a judge on the new series of The X-Factor, according to industry reports. The Radio 1 DJ, who presents the station's breakfast show, is to replace the outgoing Louis Walsh on the ITV singing show.
Nick Grimshaw is set to be unveiled as the latest X-Factor judge
Grimshaw is said to have met with Simon Cowell on multiple occasions and the music honcho favours the DJ due his northern roots.
Continue reading: Nick Grimshaw To Be Confirmed As X-Factor Judge This Week
Former judge Louis Walsh gave an interview with Daily Star Online, and dropped the strongest suggestion yet that the radio host would be on the next season.
It was Walsh himself who dropped the strongest indication yet that the Radio 1 DJ has signed up for the ITV singing show, saying that he had “got my job” in a statement to the Daily Star Online.
Nick Grimshaw is strongly rumoured to be Louis Walsh's 'X Factor' replacement
Continue reading: Nick Grimshaw All But Confirmed As 'X Factor' Judge Next Season
Is Nick Grimshaw the right man for the X-Factor? Not according to Brian Friedman.
Quotes from former X-Factor judge Louis Walsh this week indicate that the Irish music manager has been replaced by Radio 1 judge Nick Grimshaw on the singing contest, though the decision is already causing dismay amongst senior ranks on the show.
Nick Grimshaw could be joining The X-Factor as a judge, though Brian Friedman isn't so sure
Brian Friedman, the long-time X-Factor choreographer who has been tipped for the judging panel himself, says Grimshaw doesn't have the experience to mentor the singing hopefuls.
Continue reading: Brian Freedman Is Against Nick Grimshaw Joining 'The X-Factor'
After eleven years as a judge on the ITV reality show, Walsh has stated that he hasn't been approached for the forthcoming series.
After weeks of speculation, Louis Walsh has confirmed that he will not be returning to ‘The X Factor’ later this year. The former Westlife manager and long-term judge on the popular ITV talent show will effectively be quitting after 11 years on the panel.
The 62 year old spoke to the Press Association on Wednesday and said: “The truth is I've done it for 11 years, I never thought I would even be on TV for four or five. To get ten was great, to get 11 was amazing, I'm not hanging around for them this year.”
Louis Walsh will not return to 'The X Factor'
Continue reading: Louis Walsh Confirms He Won't Return To 'The X Factor'
Ofcom has rapped the show for playing a Foo Fighters song containing swear words
He’s the cheery voice of early mornings, ready to bounce people into the day as they reluctantly open their eyes. However, BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw has come under fire from Ofcom for being a little too vigorous after a Foo Fighters song was played before 8am complete with foul language.
The Radio 1 Breakfast Show host has been reprimanded for allowing a song continaing swear words to play on his show
The song, which included the words "F**k it all!" in the chorus, was played in November last year as a repeat of Zane Lowe’s session track the evening before.
Continue reading: Nick Grimshaw's Show Is Officially Told Off For Swearing
But he's pulling in the spogs
It hasn’t been the smoothest of transitions from Chris Moyles to Nick Grimshaw for Radio 1 - the Breakfast Show host Nick has lost more than half a million listeners in the past three months, from a weekly reach of 5.78 million listeners between December 30 2013 and March 30 this year, to 510,000 listeners from the previous quarter’s figure of 6.29 million This, according to the latest RAJAR figures.
Nick Grimshaw shuns an older audience in favour of a younger one
Meanwhile, over on BBC Radio 2, Chris Evans has set a new record with his breakfast show audience by pulling in a whopping 9.83 million, which is nearly four million more than his Radio 1 rival. BBC Radio's Helen Boaden said Radio 2 "never fails to surprise and amaze with the diversity of its output". Ken Bruce, Graham Norton and Steve Wright also achieved record audience numbers. Is Radio 1’s heyday officially over?
Continue reading: Nick 'Grimmy' Grimshaw Is Losing Listeners At A Rate Of Knots
Styles wasn't about to get shown up for his gullibility again.
Styles wasn't about to get shown up for his gullibility again. Harry Styles has become yet another victim-of-choice for a phone prankster after having made headlines with his embarrassingly gullible display at the hands of The 1975's Matt Healy and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. This time, Styles was chosen as the target for James Corden's hilarious Send-To-All prank on The Michael McIntyre Chat Show on Monday (14th April).
Harry Styles Was Poised For A Witty Retort When James Corden Prank Texted Him.
The send-to-all game involved James sending a cheeky text to everyone on his contacts list to see who responded. The 32 year-old entertainer wrote "Me and you, lapdancing. Are you in or out? Come on, let's do this." Having learned his lesson from last month's blunder, the One Direction singer wasn't taking any chances and instead replied "Great, but what is it with you and lapdancing? What happened the last time we did that wasn't pretty."
The 92 year-old Duke of Edinburgh knows how to rock a double-breasted suit. Find out the which other stylish chaps - with some surprises - were named.
GQ Magazine have released their 'Best Dressed' list for the coming year and amongst some predictable entries, including Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham, there have been a few surprises, most notably the inclusion of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, AKA the Queen's hubbie.
Prince Philip Has Made It On To GQ's Best Dressed List.
A mixture of magazine staff and experts helped compile the year's list of the most style savvy celebs and judged that Prince Philip "deserves yet another medal - for his services to classic British tailoring." Whilst we don't deny that the blunder-prone royal always looks sharp and dashing in his suits, tailcoats, and expertly knotted ties, his name's occurrence on the list comes as a surprise perhaps because of his reclusion from the media glare.
Continue reading: Prince Philip Amongst GQ Best-Dressed Men 2014
Since Nick Grimshaw took over from Chris Moyles, the Radio 1 breakfast show has lost 1 million listeners.
Nick Grimshaw may have gained some new fans and listeners since moving to the coveted breakfast slot at the BBC's flagship radio station, but overall, his move to the main slot has seen listener numbers plummet by a massive 1 million people. The drop in numbers gives the high profile spot it's lowest audience numbers in over a decade and has called into question the BBC's commitment to Grimshaw as a DJ.
Grimmy has lost a substantial amount of listeners
The 29-year-old successor to Chris Moyles, who left the Radio 1 breakfast slot last September after 12 years of holding down the morning fort, has seen audience figures fall to the same number as when Moyles arrived in the slot. The audience numbers for the breakfast show, then presented by Sara Cox, were at an all-time low, but were taken to new heights thanks to the popularity of Moyles. However this may not spell the end of Grimmy, as he was tasked with increasing the number of young listeners tuning in to the station, even if that meant sacrificing some of Moyles' older listeners. According to the new figures, compiled by Rajar, Grimshaw brings in roughly 5.58 million listeners through the week.
Continue reading: Nick Grimshaw Oversees Massive Drop In Radio 1 Listeners
The Radio 1 DJ slams one of the UK's most successful soloists.
Singer Robbie Williams has been left reeling after BBC Radio 1 personality Nick Grimshaw said that he and his music were "not relevant" to the stations target audience and failed to put the pop star's number one single 'Candy' on its playlist last year.
Robbie Williams Hit With An Almighty Snub From The UK's Biggest Radio Station.
The quiffy-haired DJ said that he didn't "know if [Williams is] now for a Radio 1 audience." "I liked Take That when I was little, but I'm not little anymore," he told Five news, as reported by BBC News.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Gutted After Being Branded Irrelevant By Nick Grimshaw
Robbie Williams has admitted his disappointment at Radio 1's snub.
Robbie Williams has reopened his beef with Radio 1 over the station's decision to cease playing his singles. Radio 1 breakfast DJ Nick Grimshaw had previously said Williams, 39, was "not relevant" to the station's target audience of 15-29 year-olds and his No.1 single Candy was pulled from its playlist.
Though Radio 1 did play his latest single 'Goin Crazy' with Dizzee Rascal, Williams has spoken of his dismay at being frozen out by the UK's biggest radio station.
"I'm very ambitious. So when Radio 1 goes and is taken away from you, a huge bit of your arsenal goes. It's your main oxygen to get your stuff out there," he told Radio 4's Mastertapes programme.
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Dismayed At Losing His "Main Oxygen," Radio 1
Harry Styles has stolen the headlines so far at London Fashion Week
It seems as though London Fashion Week has been dominated by two characters: Cara Delevingne and Harry Styles. The latter isn't even anything to do with the thing, but he keeps turning up and stealing the headlines away from the various designers showing at this year's event.
Nick Grimshaw [L] and Harry Styles [R] At London Fashion Week on Tuesday
On Monday, Styles turned out to watch Delevingne on the catwalk and returned on Tuesday with his best pal Nick Grimshaw. The pair chatted away on the front row of the Fashion East show in the Topshop Show Space.
Gay or bisexual? The One Direction heart-throb says he's neither
Harry Styles has denied that he’s in a relationship with Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. The pair have become very pally of late, attending parties together and the like, but Styles has moved to reassure his legions of fans that he is still in fact single, clearing up the bisexual rumour along the way by adding that he only has his eyes set on the ladies.
Asked if there was any truth to a possible romance between himself and Grimshaw, Styles said: “Oh, really? I didn’t even know. We’re not dating, no. We’re just friends.” And when asked whether or not he’s bisexual, Harry said: “Bisexual? Me? I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure I’m not.”
It doesn’t matter if he is or not, but we’re not sure he actually knows yet. Still, batting away rumours like this must get boring after a while, so he’s probably just having a little fun with it. “Some of them are funny. Some of them are ridiculous. Some of them are annoying,” he said of the constant stream of stories from the tabloids that seem to fixate on him.
Continue reading: Harry Styles Denies Bisexual Rumours And Relationship With Nick Grimshaw
Is Harry Styles dating Nick Grimshaw? No.
GQ Magazine got straight to the heart of the issue during their recent chat with everyone's favourite member of One Direction, Harry Styles.
The 19-year-old has taken on a Mick Jagger-esque legend regarding his sexuality in recent months, and speculation he is in a relationship with Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw refuses to go away. Until now.
Asked rather matter-of-factly about his alleged romance with Grimshaw, the 19-year-old pin-up asked the interviewer, "What rumours would they be?" Pressed to address speculation that he and Nick, 28, were lovers, Styles replied, "Oh, really? I didn't even know. We're not dating, no. We're just friends."
Continue reading: GQ Magazine, Harry Styles And 'Those' Nick Grimshaw Rumours
Rita Ora and Cara Delevigne brought down the house in London.
Cara Delevigne [L] and Rita Ora [R] Rapping Together On-Stage
Cara Delevingne joined her best pal Rita Ora on-stage at the DKNY Art Works party, which the Burberry model hosted on Wednesday night (June 12, 2013). Iggy Azalea and Wretch 32 had entertained the crowds at the Old Firestation on Lambeth High Street, though it was Rita's duet with Cara that really raised the roof.
Cara showed off her dance moves and rapping skills on a rendition of Notorious BIG's 'Juicy' - and, well, they weren't half bad. The model wore a black jumpsuit with elaborate jewellery and high top sneakers, while pal Rita opted for a blue and black top with black skirt.
Continue reading: Cara Delevingne And Rita Ora Rap On-Stage To Notorious BIG [Pictures]
Nick Grimshaw was accused of being still drunk when presenting his Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning
Lily Allen suggested Nick Grimshaw was "still hammered" from the BRIT Awards during his hosting of the Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning. The hungover DJ had spent all night partying with pal Harry Styles, firstly attending the awards show before heading to the Warner music after-party at The Savoy Hotel and the Universal bash at Soho House. Nick and Harry emerged from the DJ's house at 6am and jumped in a cab to the Radio 1 studio.
Grimshaw had managed to change into a comfortable t-shirt and jeans, though Harry was still wearing his party tuxedo from the evening before. As the comical show unfolded, Nick's pal Lil Allen tweeting him, "You sound hammered still," while one furious Twitter user said, "Having to turn off @R1Breakfast as listening to a drunk harry styles stumble through his performance is too cringey. Sort it out @grimmers." Another said, "Everyone is still very drunk this morning I the Breakfast Show. Please stop slurring your words boys. @grimmers @Harry_Styles."
Continue reading: Still Hammered? Nick Grimshaw And Harry Styles Host Comical Radio 1 Show
Harry Styles just turned 19, despite having already experienced more than many 30 year olds (a fling with a model, a relationship with an international celebrity, world tours, and international stardom) and just in case he hadn't already been privy to a £100 strip tease from a stripper, Nick Grimshaw was on hand at Styles' birthday celebrations to sort that out, the Daily Mail reports.
Described by the Mail as a 'boozy party', Styles and pals Grimshaw, Miquita Oliver and Pixie Geldof (among 35 others) enjoyed plenty of beer, wine, margaritas, Jagerbombs and the obligatory celebratory champagne. Sometime during the evening a stripper was brought out for a £100 ten-minute strip tease especially for the birthday boy.
A source told the Mail that: "Nick seemed pretty pleased with himself when the stripper started her routine. He found it hilarious. Harry seemed embarrassed and didn't know where to look, but he took it in good spirit." But when Harry himself spoke of the situation to The Sun, he seemed to look upon the whole event more favourably, saying "I was in stitches, it was really funny... unfortunately there was a no nudity policy in the bar."
What is it about London's Groucho Club that has celebrities returning week-in-week-out? Harry Styles, the youngest member of One Direction, turns 19-years-old today (January 31, 2013) and chose London's hippest venue as the place to party with ex-girlfriends Caroline Flack and Cara Devalinge and pals James Corden and Nick Grimshaw on Thursday evening. The boys had started the evening at a Mexican restaurant, but all roads led to London's most infamous hangout - an unassuming members' club in the heart of London's Soho district.
Caroline Flack turned up wearing a red fur jacket and some futuristic heels, while Cara opted for leather trousers and a striped jacket following an appearance at Burberry's bash at their flagship store in Regent Street. Harry and Caroline have been close since they dated for three-months when he was 17, with the Xtra Factor presenter describing him as "brilliant and so much fun." On Thursday, Styles opted for a weird looking shiny blazer, while Radio 1 breakfast DJ Grimshaw went for a fitted black jacket. In all fairness, Corden was probably the best dressed of the guys, in jeans, a shirt and smart sweater.
Nick Grimshaw Saturday 3rd November 2012 walks through Primrose Hill with a friend
Nick Grimshaw Monday 14th May 2012 World Premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman held at the Empire and the Odeon - Arrivals