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The BBC has finally confirmed when The Graham Norton Show will be returning to our screens, and it's sooner than you might think.

We've been lost without our weekly dose of the Cork native's dry wit and white wine, as well as his illustrious guests and endless red chair banter. 

The BAFTA and TV Choice Award-winning chat show will be back for a new series (number 26) on Friday, September 27 on BBC One at 10:35pm.

Joining Graham on the red couch will be Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, who will promote her new TV drama Catherine the Great; comedian and actor Jack Whitehall; documentary maker Simon Reeve; and the legendary RuPaul.

The iconic drag queen will be bringing his hit show RuPaul's Drag Race UK to the BBC on October 3, which should prove an instant hit judging by how incredibly successful the US version has been.

The music of the evening will be provided by former Fifth Harmony bandmember NORMANI, who will perform her new single Motivation.

The Graham Norton Show has been on air for over 10 years, if you can believe how fast that time went.

Some of the most hilarious and memorable TV moments and interviews in chat show history have taken place on the host's fluffy red couch. 

Irish comedian and Eurovision presenter Graham has been on his summer holidays, and deserves the break, but the show will run from September until February this year and then from April until June.

While we wait for September 27, let's enjoy some of last season's funniest moments and put our feet up;

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With the MTV VMAs come a variety of awkward and memorable moments, some questionable fashion choices and malfunctions, not to mention performances from big names.

First thing's first, Mrs Missy Elliott had the best performance of the night with a medley of her hits, including a rake of incredible dancers and costume changes. We were absolutely FLOORED;

The legend of hip-hop picked up her Michael Jackson Vanguard Award in style, belting out her latest banger Throw It Back, before adding in Pass That Dutch, Lose Control and Get Ur Freak On.

Oh and did we mention that she brought back Alyston Stoner to perform with her, 16 years after the original child star appeared in her music video;

 Her 2001 album Miss E was ground-breaking, and she was truly deserving of the gong which was handed to her by Cardi B; "I promised I wouldn't cry this time because I cry every awards!" she said."

Alyson has still got some serious moves, ain't nobody arguing about that.

Another star of the show was Lizzo, brandishing her bejewelled tequila bottle because she's 100 percent THAT b*tch;

Her performance of Good As Hell and Truth Hurts brought the house down, with a giant inflatable ass in the background and a self-love pep talk;

Joe Jonas' arm got some deserved attention;

Normani (of Fifth Harmony fame) slayed her set, performing Motivation and showing everyone that the moves from the incredible music video were REAL and her gymnastic abilities aren't to be doubted;

Miley Cyrus gave a hugely emotional black-and-white performance of Slide Away, changing the lyrics from "We've grown now" to "I've grown now"…shade at Liam Hemsworth?

She also debuted a brand new tattoo to mark their split;

Tana Mongeau tried to copy our homegirl Britney Spears by bringing a snake to the ceremony, and people…forgot…who the OG was?!?

Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes caused our heart rates to skyrocket with their sensuous performance of Seniorita, but Sophie Turner's reaction to their almost-kiss is all of us;

This powerful metaphor by Taylor Swift about the faux pas of rewearing outfits, or even wearing similar ones;

Taylor opened the show with a beautiful performance of You Need To Calm Down and Lover, later partying with Gigi and Bella Hadid and picking up the Best Video award for her LGBTQ+ colour palette video for You Need To Calm Down.

Ariana Grande….well, she WON;

Grande wasn't present at the awards ceremony, but picked up the most gongs on the night regardless. Deservedly so, 2019 has been Ari's year.

Okay this tweet made us emotional. All of the participants from Taylor's iconic LGBTQ music video received two Moonmen with their names on it, and she refused to perform without this request being granted. Hero.

Cardi B picked up the award for Best Hip-Hop, and her impassioned speech had us all laughing;

Queen Latifah randomly riding up to the ceremony on a motorcycle, wearing a bandana, was quite the moment;

Last but not least, here is the wholesome reaction of Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas when Taylor Swift won Best Video…They are just TOO PURE;

We're exhausted from the drama, the fashion, the dance moves, the POWER moments from the show. There didn't seem to be any celebrity beef for once, maybe it's the vegan lifestyle getting to everyone?

The only sad point was that Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, after all of the build-up, actually didn't kiss. Throughout the whole ceremony, they didn't.

Outside of the ceremony, all we do is see them kiss but they can't give us PDA when we actually ask for it? Cruel. 

Vmas 2019 GIF by 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

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Let's be real, we all love pizza.

When we eat it, it motivates us to go to the gym, but did you know it's also a great motivator for work?

In Dan Ariely's new book Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations, he discovers that pizza can actually increase productivity in employees.

Dan conducts a study involving some factory workers at Intel in Isreal. He split the employees up into three separate groups. He promised one group a voucher for pizza, the next group a cash bonus and the third group a compliment from their superior.

And among the three awards, guess which won? The pizza voucher, of course.

In fact, the workers that were promised the pizza continued to perform better all week. 

Now if that doesn't motivate you, we don't know what will.



If you love the 90s and big Hollywood dance numbers, then this video will totally get you motivated for Monday.

The clip is a mash-up of 92 – yep, 92 – different dances, all rocking along to Gonna Make You Sweat.

From hunky Zac Efron in Hairspray, to Joe Manganiello's Magic Mike XXL number, if this video doesn't get you moving, we don't know what will.

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy the numbers – unless of course, you want to get up and shake your booty off to what will be a great day.


It’s no secret that if you’re looking for serious workout motivation, social media is where you’ll find it.

Gone are the days of loud men with massive arms blowing whistles in our faces and spending hours glued to the treadmills in the hope of attaining that much coveted beach body. There are hundreds of apps, websites and audiobooks promising us that abs are just five minutes away.

Now every second person we know is suddenly an online trainer offering a nutrition and workout plan designed to help us become the fitness fanatic we’ve always dreamed of being.

Or maybe we just want to be able to walk up the stairs and not have our lungs feel like they’re on fire.

It can be hard to figure out who’s the real deal and who’s just trying to sell us fancy detox teas. Luckily there’s a new wave of fitness gurus who are readily available to cure all of your gym phobias; all you have to do is follow them on Instagram.


Chances are if you’re a regular gym goer, you’ve heard Ellie’s music blasting in the speakers. But did you know she’s also intensely passionate about her fitness? Her Instagram is full of workout videos, with bonus recipes with some super tasty superfoods. She’s also become the face of a new Nike campaign, so you know she’s serious about this stuff!



She never misses a workout. Ever. She posts daily videos with detailed instructions so you’re never going to miss a step. The Under Armour sponsored athlete is also refreshingly honest in her posts, making note of the fact that some days you just want to nap all day long. She uses the hashtag #SweatADay so you have easy access to all her videos.




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Yoga is hard, but there’s something very empowering about mastering that Lotus Headstand. Luckily for all of us, Morgan is here to break every yoga pose you can think of into easier steps. Also, her yoga pants and top combinations are seriously on point. Stylish and svelte, we love her. She’s also not afraid to show us when things don’t go so well, giving all beginner yogis confidence with her unedited blooper videos and easy to do warm ups.




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If you haven’t heard of this super-fit Aussie, you need to start following her now. She’s just recently completed the first leg of her world tour, where she took her hugely successful boot camps to Amsterdam, London and New York and invited all her followers to workout with her. Her London bootcamp sold out in a half an hour, so you know she’s kind of a big deal. Her abs are world famous, and she’s known for giving her followers regular shout outs to keep the motivation up. Oh, and she’s only 23!

And a little closer to home:


Not only is the uber-successful fitness blogger an author of her own nutrition guide, she’s also a medical student. Wow. Her Instagram is full of clean treat recipes, fast workout ideas and a glimpse into her incredibly stylist gym wardrobe. This multitasker extraordinaire gives us an insight into her busy life and definitely gives us a little motivation on a lazy Wednesday evening. 



The Dublin based personal trainer is a Crossfit competitor and champion weightlifter. Posting videos of her own sessions and those she shares with her clients at gyms around the country, Sophie is giving us some major ab inspiration and is definite proof that we should not be afraid to start lifting some weights.



Sometimes when you're feeling down, lost or unfocused, it can be helpful to sit back and gain some perspective.

Next time you're in need of some extra drive and motivation or are just looking for something interesting to keep you occupied on your bus journey to work, try out one of these brilliant TED talks.

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and each TED talk promises to feature "ideas worth spreading." TED's speaker events launched in 1984, and there are currently thousands of talks from official and independent (TEDx) events available online.

Here are five we love to listen back to again and again…

1. Panti Bliss – All The Little Things (TEDxDublin)
A very timely talk, given that the Marriage Equality referendum is just weeks away. Draq queen Panti (a.k.a. Rory O' Neill) has been one of the most high profile faces of the Yes campaign, and in this TEDx talk she describes the frustration of living in a society where being homosexual is still not widely accepted.


2. Lizzie Velasquez – How YOU Define Yourself (TEDxAustin)
As just one of three people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome preventing her from gaining any weight, Lizzie has endured a lifetime of bullying and ignorance. She says her turning point came when she found a YouTube video of herself titled "World's Ugliest Woman," with millions of views. Now Lizzie is using her own situation to inspire others to define themselves on their own terms, and to rise above negative comments.


3. Meg Jay – Why 30 Is Not The New 20 (TED 2013)
Many of us twenty-somethings are led to believe we have a whole decade to do what we want with, to make mistakes galore. We'll work it all out in our thirties, right? Not according to clinical psychologist Meg Jay, who says our twenties are the defining years of our lives and that we should do our best to make them count.


4. Cameron Russell – Looks Aren't Everything. Believe Me, I'm a Model (TEDxMidAtlantic)
Model Cameron Russell admits she won the "genetic lottery," with looks that allowed her to become a successful model from an early age. However she agrees that the commercial idea of beauty is superficial, and is doing everything in her power to be admired for more than her looks.


5. Susan Cain – The Power of Introverts (TED 2012)
At least one third of people in the world are introverts, meaning they thrive in quieter and more intimate environments, and can often feel drained by being in large groups of people for extended lengths of time. Author (and self-confessed introvert) Susan Cain says our schools and workplaces are designed to allow only one group of people to succeed – the extroverts.



January is only half over?! We can't believe it either.

Ideally we'd like to curl up in bed for the next two weeks, but Lady Gaga's latest Instagram snap has given us a bit of a kick up the bum to start looking after ourselves again!

The singer was recovering from a hangover earlier this week, but rather than having a duvet day with some drive-thru McDonalds, she instead took to the gym for a spot of bikram yoga.

Gaga posted a picture of one of her poses with the caption, "Starting my day off feeling strong, gotta sweat out the whiskey from last nights jam session." Good woman yourself!

Wearing just a black sports bra and leopard print knickers, the singer showed off her natural curves and toned figure – a great change from the super-skinny singer we once knew. 

Gaga is a big yoga and pilates fan, as is evident from her social media feeds – just last week she posted this photo of herself rocking out while toning up, with the caption, "ACDC and Pilates equals I will knock you out b*tch. TNT, I'm dynamite."

To the gym with us!


Even the most determined of fitness fanatics finds it hard to stick to their routine as the winter weather sets in. Rain, ice, wind and a general desire to be cosy at all times make exercise less and less desirable as the weeks go on.

Rather than giving up and retreating to the couch until the first signs of spring, follow our advice for staying fit in colder weather. With a few simple adjustments to your goals and routine, it'll be easier than you think to stay on top of things this winter!

1. Fit exercise into your day
If you're sitting at a computer all day and heading straight home to dinner and TV, you'll soon notice a drop in energy levels. Beat the sluggishness by building exercise into your daily routine – take the stairs whenever possible, go for a stroll on your lunch break, and if the weather isn't too bad, walk home from work or get off the bus earlier than usual. It all adds up – just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day is all that's needed to keep things ticking over.

2. Get a short-term gym membership
If you're used to running or cycling outside, it might be worth considering joining a gym for the winter months. Most gyms offer good short term or month-by-month deals. As well as being able to run and cycle indoors on the cardio machines, you'll also have access to classes and trainers. 

3. Jump in the pool
A morning or evening swim at your local pool is a great way to stay flying fit without having to brave the elements. Just make sure you wrap up warm afterwards and try to avoid going outside with your hair still wet.

4. Try a fitness DVD
Don't worry, not every exercise DVD will have you doing star jumps in your sitting room, cheered on by a platinum blonde lady in neon pink gym wear. There are some brilliant high-intensity yoga and Pilates DVDs on the market that'll get you fit and toned without ever having to leave the house. Do some research online beforehand to find the right one for you.

5. Reward yourself
Have something to look forward to after dragging yourself out of bed at 7am for a run in the freezing cold. Maybe it's a delicious coffee from your favourite café or a hot bowl of porridge with all of your favourite toppings. However small your reward, it'll go a long way towards keeping you motivated!


Sometimes when you're feeling run-down, sluggish and tired, an energised and healthy body can feel like something totally out of reach.

But health is a way of life and not just the way you feel when you've managed to get to the gym two days in a row.

We love these inspiring quotes for a bit of motivation when we're not feeling like our best selves!

1. William Shakespeare
See, they even hated exercise back in the 1500s!

2. Jim Rohn
It is a temple, after all, even if you do fill it with kebabs after a night out!

3. Kevin Trudeau
Talk about motivation!

4. Marjorie Hinckley
The diet starts tomorrow…

5. Michael Pallon
Sometimes the simplest advice is the best.

6. Anonymous
The first key to running that marathon is getting out of bed!

7. Mark Twain
We know it's not easy!

8. Terry Guillemets
No-one else can do the hard work for you.

9. Mahatma Gandhi
Yes, but gold and silver CAN buy you a personal trainer…

10. Anonymous
Mental health is just as important as physical health.



Imagine being told you are too fat to run. The sheer humiliation might have been enough to put you off exercise for life but not Julie Creffield.

In 2003, when she was completing her first short race, Julie was 300 pounds and struggled to get to the finish line. To add insult to injury a young person shouted fatty as she finally got to the end of the race.

However, instead of taking the insult to heart and giving up on her motivation, Julie has now completed numerous other races including 5ks, 10ks, half marathons and the London and Brighton marathons. But that’s not all, Julie wanted to change the idea of what a runner looks like from being the typical slim with longs legs. As Julies says: “The idea of there being just one type of runner is ludicrous. If you run, you are a runner.”

Julie then set up a blog in 2010 to document her training for her very first marathon but it has subsequently turned into a website, Too Fat To Run, that inspires plus sized women all over to start running too it is the only website of its kind aimed specifically at the larger lady.

So, if you want to run, run – no matter what your bod shape is like.


The best accompaniment to an exercise regime is music. A great song will help you keep the beat, keep you motivated and will help you when you hit a wall – not literally.

Whether it’s running, walking or hitting the gym, these songs are bound to get you moving:

Top five running songs to get your feet pounding

Ellie Goulding – Burn

P!nk – Run

Outkast – Hey Ya!

Eminem – Lose Yourself

Florence and the Machine – Dog Days are Over

Top five songs to get you pumped in the gym  

Black Eyed Peas – Pump It

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Kanye West – Stronger

Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now

Limp Bizkit – Rollin’

Swing your hips with these top five walking songs

Taylor Swift – You Belong With Me

Journey – Don’t Stop Believing

The Killers – Mr. Brightside

The Coronas – San Diego Song

Foo Fighters – My Hero

Now get those runners on and get moving..


This little kid wants us to stop being boring and to “keep going, keep going, keep going.”

So freaking cute!!