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It's the end of an era after Nick Grimshaw announced his departure from the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, after hosting it for six years. 

The news comes just two weeks after listener figures showed the show had recorded its second lowest audience since records began. 

Nick, who took over from Chris Moyles in 2012, said he's decided "it’s time for a change and a new show." 

“I’m very grateful that I got to live my dream every day for what will be nearly six years, But six years is a long time and this isn’t a forever job. I had the time of my life.”

However, it's not all bad news. The 33-year-old will be swapping shows with Greg James – the current Radio 1 drive time presenter. 

Appearing on the programme, Greg admitted he was nervous about revealing himself as the new presenter. 

“I did not sleep one hour last night just thinking about it… it’s too much.”

Ben Cooper, controller of Radio 1, 1Xtra and Asian Network, said: “Greg gets his childhood dream, Grimmy gets a lie-in and the Radio 1 audience gets two exciting new shows with the biggest and most popular youth presenters in the country.

“I’m so proud that Radio 1 produces and nurtures the best talent in the industry – I gave Greg his first show when he joined us from student radio and now he’s getting the most famous radio gig in the world – it’s going to be fantastic. Grimmy’s done a brilliant job reinventing the feel and tone of the breakfast show by connecting with new audiences in new ways in the digital age.”


Harry Styles looks set to follow in the footsteps of fellow musicians, Adele and Michael Bublé, as he sits down with his good friend and BBC Radio One DJ, Nick Grimshaw, for an exclusive one-off interview.

The former One Direction star turned solo artist and actor, will chat about his career to date, as well as his personal life in front of a live studio audience in Manchester this November. 

The Sign of the Times singer will also perform music from his solo album, including songs never played for a TV audience.

When asked about the 60-minute programme, host, Nick Grimshaw could hardly contain his excitement: “Harry is a great performer and full of so many wonderful stories about his extraordinary career, which he'll be sharing with us, I can't wait for this show!”

Guy Freeman of BBC Studios added: “These shows are all about creating a world in which superstars like Harry feel incredibly comfortable and alongside their brilliant, live performances, can simply have fun and enjoy revealing more of themselves to viewers than is ever normally possible.”

This type of programme has been hugely successful in the past with Adele's one-off feature even earning itself a BAFTA nomination.


Harry Styles unveiled his self-titled debut solo album on Nick Grimshaw's Radio 1 show this morning, and of course the host just had to ask the question on everyone's lips – which track is about Taylor Swift? 

Harry and Nick have developed a solid friendship through the years, so the Radio 1 breakfast presenter had no problem asking the star whether his song Two Ghosts was about his former flame. 

The Sign of the Times singer, whose years of media training had been leading up to this moment, replied, "I think it's pretty, like, self-explanatory."  

"I think, y'know it's about sometimes things change and you can do all the same things… and sometimes it's just different, y'know?"

Acknowledging the fact he had completely dodged the question, the former One Direction star jokingly added, "2017, philosopher, London."

The conversation was cut short by Nick's introduction to the track: "So here we go, the one about Taylor Swift" to which Harry protested "ahhhh, oh no!". 

Twitter took the singer reaction as solid confirmation, and reacted just how you'd expect. 

Harry's self-titled debut solo album is out now. 


Despite a last ditch effort to save The X Factor with a panel of new judges, a new hosting team and changes to the Boot Camp process, it seems Simon Cowell's long-running show is in trouble.

As well as watching the ratings plummet during the last series of the show, the music mogul is seeing his new recruits dropping like flies.

Just last week, Nick Grimshaw confirmed he would not be returning to the judging panel, and now – as was strongly rumoured on Friday – both Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have announced they too will not be back.

Both of them released statements via their reps, with Olly saying he wanted to turn his focus back to the music industry.

"This was an incredibly hard decision to make," he said.

"But my heart belongs to music and I want to concentrate 100% on making my next album and getting back to performing."

Caroline, meanwhile, thanked the ITV team for the "brilliant time" she had working on both The X Factor and The Xtra Factor.

While she may have insisted in today's statement that her time on the show was "just fantastic," she made no secret of how hard she found it to cope with negative criticism from the public during the most recent series of the show.

"I cried after the first live Sunday night," she admitted in a recent interview.

"The reaction was quite overwhelming because I didn’t think people would be talking about how I look, how I stand, how I walk, or how I laugh."

No word yet on whether Rita Ora will return, but we have our doubts already…


This morning, we reported that X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw has been given the boot by Simon Cowell – after just one series of the reality TV show too.

Now fresh information suggests that his replacement has already been lined up.

And it seems none other than 1D's Louis Tomlinson – who joined Simon Cowell at judge's houses last year – is ready to sign the dotted line that will bring him on board for 2016.

A source told The Sun that the new dad is really keen to get on board too.

"Louis Tomlinson is very likely to replace Grimmy," she insider revealed. 

"He agreed in principle to the job while assisting Simon Cowell during the judges’ houses round last year."

There's a twist, mind: while Louis T is more or less a shoo-in, he still faces some niggling competition from none other than his namesake, Louis Walsh – whom Mr Cowell remains close to.

“Simon remains very fond of Louis Walsh and came very close to bringing him back during last year’s live shows," the source went on to say.

"He felt a certain something was missing on the show without him."

Recently, One Direction's Mr Tomlinson revealed that he's a big fan of the talent show and he "would love to be there week in, week out". He added: "I think I’d be a decent judge."

Louis Tomlinson or Louis Walsh – who would you like to see in the X Factor judge's chair this year?


He's in the notoriously tricky Overs category – not to mention that he doesn't get a whole load of love from the X Factor judges either. 

But it seems that the wider public is really getting behind Anton Stephens: leaked figures show almost a quarter of voters (23 percent) gave him the nod a week ago – meaning he beat bookies favourite Louisa Johnson (13 percent) by almost two-to-one.

Still, his most recent offering prompted the four-strong judging panel to throw a load of negative comments in his direction.

Indeed, Mr Stephens, who is being mentored by Simon Cowell, has now admitted even he wasn't a fan of the performance.

On the Xtra Factor the singer, who sang a mash of Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass and Jessie J’s Bang Bang, explained: "I hated it. When I watched it back I just thought, 'Oh My God'.

"All that gold, and very little of me!"

And speaking about the song choices, Anton described singing them as like "wearing shoes that aren’t your size".

Nick Grimshaw had earlier stated that the staging as "like watching a really bad musical". "Those two songs are the worst songs you could have done," he added.

The same figures, obtained by The Daily Star On Sunday and collected on October 31, show that Seann Miley Moore made it into third place – just 1 percent behind Louisa.

However, despite this initial popularity, shockingly he went home last night as part of double-elimination special. 



The final twelve X Factor contestants have been put through months of gruelling auditions, trials and competitions, but now it seems the lucky dozen can live in luxury for the rest of their time on the show. 

The Mail Online exclusively revealed that this year's X Factor house is in Barnet's Beech Hill, North London and costs a cool £7m (€9m) to buy or £20,000 (€27,000) to rent each month.

It comes complete with a cinema room, an indoor swimming pool and a steam room as well as a state-of-the-art car lift (OK, then?). 

The seven-bedroom detached property is in one of London's most prestigious streets and described by estate agents as a 'premier road', where homes are entered via high electric gates.

The gates open up into a large driveway where cars can collect contestants and take them to the show's nearby studio.

The unveiling of the property comes after X Factor judges Simon, Cherly, Rita and Nick chose their final three acts for the live rounds of the show. 

Judge Nick Grimshaw selected Mason Noise, Che Chesterman and Seann Miley Moore as his final three Boys, while Rita Ora announced Louisa Johnson, Lauren Murray and Keira Weathers as her Girls.

Cheryl Fernandez Versini has 4th Impact, Alien Uncovered, and Reggie n Bollie as her Groups.

Simon Cowell has Max Stone, Bupsi and Anton Stephans in his Overs category.


Just days after making it through to the Judges' Houses, singer Tom Bleasby is leaving The X Factor.

The 19-year-old wowed the judges with his first audition back in August, and on Sunday was chosen to be one of Nick Grimshaw's final six contestants.

But after referring to Sunday's Six Chair Challenge as "the worst experience of my life," Tom took to Twitter last night to confirm he was leaving the show.

"Due to personal reasons I have decided to withdraw from The X Factor," he wrote.

"Thank you to all the judges, especially Nick for his belief in me. 

"I'm not stopping singing, the X Factor is just one path…one that wasn't right for me."

During Sunday's show, Tom eventually secured a place in the final six after being swapped out by Nick in the Six Chair Challenge and then brought back in.

Despite his shock exit, BBC host Nick offered his support to Tom via Twitter last night:

In his exit interview with ITV, Tom said he simply wasn't ready for the intense pressure of the show.

The singer, who sang on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Jessie J shortly before his first X Factor appearance, admitted his rise to stardom had happened extremely quickly.

"I’m quite a relatively new singer, back in March, I was singing in my bedroom, so I’ve never took to live performing very well.

"I just don’t know if I felt vocally ready to take on the competition and the pressure."

Jessie J also tweeted a message of support to Tom last night, telling him: "You didn't just trust your instincts, you followed them."


Rita Ora  is seen suffering from a serious bout of anxiety on tonight's X Factor.

The singer, 24, is the first to be faced with the new Six Chair Challenge – in which she must whittle down her Girls from 16 to six – alongside her fellow judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw.

But Rita visibly struggles making her choice between two contestants, as the audience reacts aggressively.

"The crowd is crazy out there. I think I'm having a mini panic attack. Oh my God! I feel so sick."

The audience then begin to boo and mock her for not making a choice, to which she tearfully says: "I can't do it. I actually can't do it."

She then goes on to say, "It's getting definitely intense. I'm probably the most hated person in the UK right now. It's so unfair. This is the hardest thing in the world – they hate me right now."

Rita is then seen falling out with main judge Simon, calling him "rude" as they fight about the contestants. 

With this amount of drama, tonight's episode will not want to be missed!


Being a celebrity teenager might win you invites to all the best parties, but it also means you've literally no chance of getting away with lies about your age.

16-year-old Brooklyn Beckham learnt that the hard way this week when he was turned away from a London nightclub for being underage.

The teen rocked up to Drama nightclub in Mayfair for Wonderland magazine's tenth anniversary bash, but was refused entry by bouncers at the door.

Despite pleas from his pal Nick Grimshaw – who arrived to the party with him – poor Brooklyn was escorted off the premises shortly after. 

To make things even worse for David and Victoria's son, another 16-year-old had been let into the event without question earlier on in the evening. Teenage soul singer Talia Storm was spotted inside the club hanging with Little Mix. Stinger.

Eyewitnesses said Brooklyn wasn't "best pleased" with the turn of events, but a rep for the Beckham family insists he didn't put up a fuss.

"He was invited to the Wonderland party – but when he turned up they had to explain even though he had been invited their licensing rules meant he had to be over 18. All fine no drama."

Luckily for Brooklyn, there was another party on that evening that he definitely couldn't be turned away from – his mum Victoria's party at her Dover Street store to celebrate one year of business.


Thank u to all who helped celebrate the #VBDoverSt first anniversary! x vb @HaigClub #LFW

A photo posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on

He even got to check out the DJ decks:


Guess who was the DJ last night

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Just two more years Brooklyn!


It seems there is a lot of fighting on the X Factor this year – and this time it's between the judges. 

New X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw has ridiculed Rita Ora's judging on the reality TV show, even though they're meant to be BFFs. 

Harsh Nick. 

The 31 year-old has been seen mocking the singer for her frequent misuse of clichés on the show. 

Her latest blunder saw the 24 year-old claim it's impossible to "read a book by its cover" while critiquing an act. 

Nick said: "''Last night (sunday), this one really took the biscuit. Read a book by its cover? That's not right – it's judge a book by its cover. She gets her analogies just a little bit confused.''

The BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show host said that there is more unfortunate misquotes to come. 

''It's yet to come on the show but I remember in the auditions (when she said) 'I feel like a fish that has jumped out of the water and has been run over.'"

''I said, 'Do you mean a fish out of water?'"

And Nick isn't the only one blasting Rita on the show, as she has been slammed by insiders as having "nothing useful to say", reports the Irish Mirror. 

Even viewers of the show agree as she appears to be making a lot of slip ups, including asking if Newcastle is in Britain. 

One viewer wrote on Twitter: "no way did rita ora ask if newcastle was part of england, I'm losing the will to live"

While another added: "rita ora just asked whether Newcastle was a British place… NO ONE CAN BE THIS STUPID I'M SORRY"

It seems that there will be a lot of back-and-forward bickering to come on the show, but back with the judges, Rita isn't the only one Nick is having problems with. 

He has also ridiculed Cheryl for her inappropriate use of the word "literally". 

''I like it when Cheryl says literally, but then what she says isn't literally."

"Like she says, 'You literally blew the roof off Wembley.' But they didn't blow the roof off Wembley. did they? Or, 'You literally blew me away.' 'But they didn't really blow you away Cheryl.''

It seems like there might be more action with the judges this year than the contestants!


It’s all about to get seriously emotional on Sunday night’s X Factor – which begins at 8pm.

Yes, in the second instalment of the reality TV show’s inaugural weekend for 2015, Cheryl Fernandez Versini AND Simon Cowell both end up in tears… at the same time.

Josh Daniels’s version of Jealous by Labrinth evidently proved incredibly moving – especially as the contestant dedicated his performance to his best friend who died at the age of 18.

At the time of the audition, Mr Cowell was still freshly grieving for his own mother: Julie died aged 89 in London in early July.

Daniel can be seen tonight telling the judges: “I lost my best friend a couple of years ago.

“We were really, really close, we did everything together. He’s moved on to a better place and I can’t be with him.

“I’m jealous that he’s happy in heaven.”

Then, as his performance progresses, Simon can be seen wiping a tear from his eye. The rest of the judges (Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw as well as Cheryl) eventually give the X Factor hopeful a standing ovation, although Simon remains far too emotional to speak.

Meanwhile, and despite a publicity push, several overhauls, and a rake of new faces in front of cameras, Saturday night’s opening episode last night failed to impress when compared to other series.

Now in its 12th series, it managed to tempt a total of 7.6million viewers to watch, but even last year that figure stood at close-to 9million.

At the height of X Factor mania in 2011, around 11 to 12million people were hooked weekly.