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Nick Grimshaw: 'I've been an X Factor fan since it started'

With a seat on the new X Factor panel and an MTV show, it's been a busy few months for Nick Grimshaw. By Kerri-Ann Roper

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 broadcaster to discuss working with Cowell, wardrobe mistakes and childhood musical influences.

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. It must be so terrifying and nerve-wracking to get up on that stage. I think I'll be real, I'll be honest."

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."

On his new 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-to-face, 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 (thinking), 'Oh, I'm going to make this my career'. I didn't have MTV as a kid, I had to go my friend Simon or James' house to watch it. I remember just watching it at people's houses thinking it was the most exciting thing in the world."

On choosing the wrong outfit for when he interviewed 50 Cent

"He was a little bit late, and I was quite intimidated by 50 Cent. I'd loved him as a fan and also he's really, really hip hop and I'd chosen a bad outfit, a really flowery, silky blouse and I had really skinny jeans on and basically high heels. And I was like, 'Oh, I've picked a really bad 50 Cent look'."

On interviewing Florence Welch for the new show

"She's great, Florence. She's one of those guests that - and I'm not being rude to her, but she's not the best in the morning on the breakfast show - because she's not out there to sell, she's out there as an artist. She's like, 'I've just created this music, and - oh - I've become incredibly successful'. It was great to have time to talk with her.

"She talked about everything that has happened to her. She talks a lot about what energy you give away when you're performing and what you put into songwriting. About how Taylor Swift is quite blatant with her lyrics; as in, 'You made me feel like this so I don't like you', whereas Florence said she can't really be that honest, and so she'll be like, 'An owl fell in the window', and that represents whatever."

On growing up with music

"There was always music on in our house. I've got an older brother and sister, and they both liked different things. My dad had like five different CDs that I thought were s*** and it turns out they were the best - Bill Withers, Bob Marley, Barbra Streisand, Simon & Garfunkel and Ella Fitzgerald. My mum had Simply Red. And then I remember my brother always had great music, he liked old hip-hop, and my sister loved really ravey stuff. And then together, because we're from Manchester, everyone loved The Stone Roses and Oasis."

  • X Factor returns to ITV in the autumn

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