Every year, as sure as the sun will rise, there are rumours surrounding the X Factor judging panel, but this year the speculation has reached a whole new level.
What with Simon Cowell unceremoniously getting rid of Louis Walsh, Mel B, and Dermot O’Leary before hiring Olly Murs and Caroline Flack as hosts, it really looks like anything could happen at this stage.
However, of all the names that have been linked to the prestigious empty chairs, the one that seems most viable (and that we really, really hope to be true), is Nick Grimshaw – Radio 1 DJ, friend to the stars, and all round delight… And if Grimmy’s evergrowing bromance with Olly is anything to go by, his bum sitting on that chair is looking more and more likely by the day.
When we caught up with the 30 year old as he hosted Radio 1′s Big Weekend, he was fresh off the stage after dressing up as new rapper ‘Tragic McCoy’ to do the rap in Olly’s hit song ‘Wrapped Up’, and he admitted that if it wasn’t for how much he bloomin’ loved the singer, he never would have done it.
Nick explained: “I don’t think I’ll ever rap again, it was really fun being on stage and I love Olly.
“I just love being near him, he’s so funny and so lovely, so it was great.
“I was really stressed out when I saw him in the morning, he was like ‘Just don’t worry about it, it’ll be fine, what’s the worse that can happen? It’s funny if it’s rubbish.’
“That’s my new life mantra; ‘It’s funny if it’s rubbish’.”
We don’t know about you, but we reckon if Nick did nab that X Factor job it’s just as well he’ll have Olly there to give him those much-needed words of wisdom.
And it seems as though Nick’s love for Olly is most definitely mutual, with the Murs telling us earlier that day that he thought Grimmy would be a pretty awesome addition to the talent show.
He dished: “I think he’ll be great, he’s a great personality, very outspoken and is involved in music – he ticks all the boxes for me.
“You don’t have to be an artist to judge, Louis, Sharon and Simon aren’t artists – just being involved in music gives something different.
“It’s strange if he does do it, he’s the presenter and I’m the singer so we have done a bit of a role reversal.
“And for us as presenters, it’s going to be great to have people we get on well with around us, so I think it’ll be good for us!”
Ugh, in the words of Darius Danesh, can you feel the love in this room??
All in all, this is looking like the start of a beautiful friendship and, to be honest, if Nick doesn’t land the role and make #Nilly a weekly instalment on our tellies then we will NOT be impressed.
Did ya hear that Simon, hmm? NOT. IMPRESSED.
We’re just going to keep our fingers crossed for this one…
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