From TV to radio, Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt joins Capital

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Congratulations are in order for one of TV’s favourite faces, as it has been announced that Scarlett Moffatt, from Channel 4’s Friday night hit Gogglebox will be joining the breakfast team on Capital Radio North East to co-host their breakfast show. Durham’s own Scarlett will be presenting alongside regular morning hosts Bodg and Matt, replacing female presenter JoJo while she rests up on maternity leave, and if her opinions on the telly are anything to go by, she’s gonna be amazing.

“I’m a regular listener to Capital Breakfast and I can’t believe I’m actually going to be presenting the show I wake up to each morning!”, Scarlett said. GB fans can relax though – she has no plans to quit the telly programme. “Scarlett has told us she is covering a short maternity leave. This is a personal job and not related to her appearance on Gogglebox,” a Channel 4 spokesperson confirmed.

She has us on stitches on telly so no doubt she will be just as hilarious on the radio! Well done, pet.

Scarlett starts on Capital Breakfast show this Monday, November 30 6-10am

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Music: The X Factor’s Winner’s single revealed

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As we head into week three of live shows on The X Factor, boss and tweaker of puppet strings of the show Simon Cowell has revealed which song the winner of the show will release as their debut single. And it’s bound to divide opinion.

Forever Young, by Bob Dylan, has been chosen as the show’s swan song and will no doubt will be a contender for this year’s Christmas Number One. The song, released by in 1974, is a tender track about Dylan’s experience of becoming a father. Whether or not the X Factor winner can ‘make it their own’ remains to be seen. Nevertheless, it is a nice enough choice, if not a little ‘beige’.

Forever Young has been in contention to be released by previous winners and runner-up Jahmene Douglas, who came second to Middlesbrough’s James Arthur in 2012, actually recorded a version for his debut album album Love Never Fails. His take has shades of Alexandra Burke’s winning song Hallelujah, so 2015’s wannabe victor: take note.

Listen to both versions here:

Review: Little Mix – Get Weird

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There’s nothing weird about Little Mix, nor their new album. It’s a 16-track pop marathon. However, if their previous release, 2013’s Salute, touted them as the next big girl group, new LP Get Weird does nothing to damage that reputation, nor does it add much into the, er, mix.

Things kick off with Black Magic, which is quite frankly one of the best pop songs of the year. UK Number One for three weeks, it is the first song by a girl band to do so since Sugababes’ About You Now. The song is pure pop euphoria, with the girls singing about enticing a boy to drink their secret potion and fall in love with them, backed by funky guitars, pounding drums and a mega key change.

Channeling the great girl groups of the 60s, Love Me Like You is a Ronette’s-style love-in with an irresistible “sha-la-la-la” hook. That vintage sound reappears on A.D.I.D.A.S, which, without ruining the surprise of what the acronym stands for, shows a more grown up side of the girls (they’re certainly not pining for track suits and trainers).

Acapella numbers The Beginning and The End showcase their tight harmonies and deafening belts a la early Destiny’s Child and OMG is catchy and bouncing. It features cheering in the vein of Charli XCX and is missing only a rap by Iggy Azalea to be 2015-girl-pop personified. It sounds suspiciously like Britney’s Pretty Girls, which makes sense as the girls also wrote that track.

The stand out moment comes in the form of Secret Love Song, which is a soaring ballad featuring Jason Derulo. It’s emotional and absolutely their most grown up song to date. And thankfully, Derulo doesn’t announce himself on this one. For more emotional heartache see: Love Me or Leave Me.

To call them the best thing to come from The X Factor is almost a disservice to them – they are much more than reality show contestants done good. Having broken records in the US set by The Spice Girls (and they had some big platform boots to fill) these ladies are well on their way to world domination.

With a few big moments, the album is by no means a bad one. It’s actually pretty good. It just tells us little more than we already knew about Little Mix. Great singers, catchy songs and a sense of fun that has been lacking in the music biz recently. Nothing weird about that.

Get Weird by Little Mix is out now

Now Playing: Fleur East – Sax

 

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Ahead of her return to The X Factor stage this weekend, Fleur East has finally released her debut single for the world to hear. And it’s EXCELLENT. Sax, which you may have already heard a snippet of in the new Asda Christmas campaign, is a high-energy, brassy track with all the sass you might expect from the woman who last year made Uptown Funk a thing before it was even released. It features trumpets, a pounding baseline and of course that saxy riff which, reminding us of early Beyonce, is disgustingly catchy. Many fans have preached that Fleur would be the real winner of last year’s show and whilst actual victor Ben Haenow is sitting pretty with his new single Second Hand Heart, Sax is only just whetting fans’ appetite for her upcoming album Love, Sax and Flashbacks, out on December 4.

Fleur will be performing on X Factor’s results show tomorrow at 8pm. Listen to the track below:

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TV: John Lewis does it again

The annual John Lewis Christmas advert has become as synonymous with the festive season in recent years as turkey, presents, an argument with your other half and a Baileys-fuelled nap in front of the telly. And this year, the high street store has done it again, with a touching clip in collaboration with Age UK. Entitled Man On The Moon, it shows a little girl looking out of her bedroom window up to the moon. Through her telescope, she clocks an elderly man sitting alone on the moon and decides to send him a present. After a few failed attempts, she manages to get something to him: a telescope for him to look back at her. The ad ends with the man finally catching a glimpse of someone else, shedding a tear when he sees the little girl and all of the beautiful Christmas lights on earth. All soundtracked by a cover of Oasis’ ‘Half The World Away’ by Norwegian singer Aurora, the ad’s tagline, ‘show someone they’re loved this christmas’ genuinely leaves you with a lump in your throat. John Lewis 1 – this sobbing journalist 0.

For more information on Age UK, the UK’s largest charity working with older people, click here