Sometime around 6.30am this morning, ‘N***** in Paris’ by Jay-Z and Kanye West blasted out from radios across the nation, signalling the start of a new era in Radio 1 history. “Is anyone going to be up at half 6 to remember that?” wondered new Breakfast Show host Nick Grimshaw. Well, judging by the buzz surrounding his takeover of the early morning show, we would certainly think so.
Although he confessed that it had taken him “two alarms” to wake up for his new 6.30am slot, taking over from much-loved Chris Moyles, Grimmy certainly had a few tricks up his sleeve.
Firstly, a phone chat with a rather sleepy Harry Styles. Harry didn’t sound particularly chipper at 8 in the morning (who could blame him?), but Nick was straight in with the banter, finishing off by ‘accidentally’ playing Natalie Imbruglia's Torn (Harry reportedly hooked up with Natalie at Jame Corden's wedding!)
Next up was a pre-recorded interview with Justin Bieber - and there’s still the rest of One Direction, plus Emma Watson and Alicia Keys, to come later in the week.
There was also more music and less chat than predecessor Chris’ show, with Grimmy playing artists such as Rihanna, AlunaGeorge and David Guetta.
He may have been a bit nervous on his first show, but Grimmy’s affable Northern charm and natural ability to yak means that he seems to have taken it all in his stride. When you brush away the hype surrounding the Radio 1 Breakfast Show machine, listening to Grimmy sounds a lot like having an early morning natter with one of your more witty or entertaining friends. And that’s something we wouldn’t mind waking up to.
For an interview with Nick check out tomorrow's brand new issue of Grazia!
By Stephanie Soh
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