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X Factor's Nick Grimshaw 'unfazed by hate'

Published 30/10/2015

Nick Grimshaw said the reason he is disliked by some X Factor viewers is because Louis Walsh 'was so loved'
Nick Grimshaw said the reason he is disliked by some X Factor viewers is because Louis Walsh 'was so loved'

The X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw has said he expected to be hated by viewers because "Louis Walsh is so loved".

Speaking on Channel 4's Alan Carr: Chatty Man, the Radio 1 DJ acknowledged his apparent unpopularity with X Factor viewers, but appeared unfazed by it.

"I knew that Louis Walsh is so loved and I loved him and loved watching him on the show and I think that he has done it for 11 years and he was staple of that show.

"I think he was the only judge that had always been on it, because, like, Simon came and went, so he has been the one always on it," he said.

"It was a big change because I watched it every weekend for the last 11 years. I kind of expected it. It's a big old change."

When asked by the comedian if he pays attention to what the papers say, Grimshaw explained how he copes with the scrutiny, and how he helped his controversial X Factor contestant Mason Noise, previously kicked off the ITV show for rowing with Simon Cowell.

"You could get stressed about it and I was telling Mason that as well as he has been getting some stick, so I said you can't really live or die by it because it's not real. You can't really worry about that because you just kind of have to get on with your life," he said.

The 31-year-old continued: "I think the minute you start thinking someone hates you, or Twitter said that, then you will be a weirdo and you will never leave your house. You will be crazy so you just have to ignore it. Everyone gets s***. My dad hates with a passion, The Rolling Stones. Hates them. I always think, if someone can really hate them, why can't millions of people hate me?"

The X Factor judge is enjoying the process now that it's reached the live shows. "It's always fun, but I feel like it's been proper fun recently," he revealed.

"Now it's got through to the fun bit on X Factor and the mentoring, so we go and hang out with the boys and figure out songs and figure out what they are good at and what they are going to wear on stage. This is the bit that I love."

A keen X Factor fan, Carr questioned Grimshaw about his finalists: the flamboyant Australian Seann Miley Moore and Essex's Che Chesterman, but Noise's name sparked boos from the audience.

"He is good, though!" Grimshaw insisted.

"When I said he was going through on Sunday night everyone was really booing him so I thought am I losing my mind? Was he really bad? Then I watched it back and it's not really that bad. He just argued with Simon Cowell who starts arguments with everyone, but no-one argues back."

However, he acknowledged Mason had made a mistake. "I think he did handle it wrong, but he came back and he was really humble and he apologised. He is super lovely and Simon has forgiven him. Simon loves him now so hopefully everyone else will love him," he added.

The X Factor judge also revealed an unlikely relationship between two of the boys in his category.

"I love that Seann and Mason are best friends because you wouldn't put them two together, would you? He is proper lad and Seann is Seann and Mason helps him down the stairs and carries his bag. It is the funniest friendship in town."

Other guests on the show include comedian Jason Manford, who talked about his new Dave show The Money Pit and Sherlock actor Andrew Scott, currently wowing cinema audiences as Max Denbigh in new James Bond movie Spectre.

Alan Carr: Chatty Man is broadcast on Channel 4 tonight at 10pm.

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