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Nick Grimshaw gets Olly Murs's X Factor backing: 'He ticks all the boxes'

26 May 2015 5:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Olly Murs has backed Nick Grimshaw as a potential X Factor judge, saying he "ticks all the boxes".

The singer and new co-host of the show spoke to Digital Spy and other reporters at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich about Grimshaw's rumoured position on this year's judging panel.

"I think he'd be great. I think he's a real great personality, he's really outspoken, he's got a great way about him," Murs said.

"He's involved in music - the biggest radio station in the country - so it ticks all the boxes for me. I don't think you have to be an artist to judge. People forget that Louis [Walsh] wasn't an artist, Sharon Osbourne wasn't an artist, Simon [Cowell's] not an artist.

"I think just being involved in music gives something different. I think he'd be brilliant for the show, he's a really good character and I get on really well with Grimmy. »

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Olly Murs won't be competing in Eurovision despite Scott Mills's tip-off

26 May 2015 2:55 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Despite being tipped by Scott Mills to fly the flag for the UK at the next Eurovision Song Contest, Olly Murs says he won't be competing.

Speaking to Digital Spy at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, Mills said the 'Wrapped Up' singer would be "perfect" for the competition.

However, when DS caught up with Murs later on he responded to the suggestion with a straight-forward: "No, I wouldn't do Eurovision.

"Not that I wouldn't do it, but I think it's always something I've found... new artists normally do it. Not for me Scott, unfortunately."

The UK had a disappointing night on Saturday, with Electro Velvet ending up in 24th place in the contest after managing to secure five points.

Meanwhile, Murs was joined on stage by Nick Grimshaw during his Big Weekend performance, with the Radio 1 DJ rapping Travie McCoy's part of 'Wrapped Up'.

Watch Olly Murs performing »

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Brian Friedman doesn't want Nick Grimshaw to join The X Factor

26 May 2015 1:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Brian Friedman doesn't want Nick Grimshaw to join The X Factor panel.

On rumours Grimshaw could replace Louis Walsh as a judge, Friedman said: "He isn't a musical artist so I'm not sure what coaching he'd be able to give the contestants.

"The criteria should be an amazing management type or successful artist."

The choreographer had a brief stint as one of the show's judges himself in 2007. He told The Sun that he isn't sure what advice the BBC Radio 1 DJ would be able to offer the contestants.

Walsh has tipped Grimshaw to join this year's panel, saying that Simon Cowell has him "in mind".

Meanwhile, the DJ has admitted that he would "love" to play a part in the new series, but explained that he has not had any discussions with Cowell.

The X Factor returns to ITV later this year.

Watch Nick Grimshaw perform with X Factor host »

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Foo Fighters and Muse to headline BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

20 April 2015 2:34 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Foo Fighters and Muse are set to headline BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend. Scott Mills announced the festival's line-up on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show this morning (20.04.15), and revealed that Muse will headline the Main Stage on Saturday May 23, while Foo Fighters top Sunday's bill. Muse's frontman Matt Bellamy has admitted that the last time the 'Supermassive Black Hole' band played at the free festival was a ''disaster'', so they're very excited to make up for it next month. Matt said: ''I'm very excited to play. The last time we played 'Big Weekend', for us it was a disaster, so I can't wait to make up for it on this performance. I'm really looking forward to coming back and doing a great show. I'm pretty sure that we may unveil another new song that we will play for the first time which is pretty exciting.'' The In New Music »

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