I feel like I’m a sponge for popular culture, whatever is happening I fee l like it’s my job to be on top of it, which keeps me relevant. I make it my mission to know about stuff so I stay relevant.
I wanted to do radio ever since I can remember, my mum suffered endless hours of me pretending to be on BBC Radio 1 in my bedroom, where she was my only listener. I still have to kind of pinch myself to believe that I’m actually on that station, and for such a long time as well. I was lucky enough to get work experience at my local station when I was 16. A lot of their DJs went on holiday that summer, so they put me on and it went from there!
Completely! Me doing a show now and me doing a show when I first started at Radio 1 are two different things. Things move so quickly now that you’ve really got to be on it – it has changed the world, people find out about events, good and bad, on social media first. It’s a really important part of my show and I like that we can get instant reactions.
Fresher’s gigs are actually the worst for being healthy! Every September I do about 15 of them and this year I’ve been to Cardiff, Lincoln, Nottingham and York to name a few. It’s a lot of late nights, getting in at 6am, eating petrol station food along the way. Not too healthy!
Both! Depending on what time I can see my PT – I’m not good at exercising on my own, although I don’t like when they tell you what to do. It just depending on schedule and what I’ve got going on.
I got really got into it about five years and did four half marathons in two years, then I got bored and fell out of love with it. But I’ve picked it up again and started running with a friend who makes me go with them so I’m getting back into it. I’m doing a half marathon in March next year and am looking forward to it! I’m raising money for the MS Society.
A full marathon really, really scares me and I take my hat off to anyone who does it. It fills me with fear! Only a few things fill me with fear, abseiling and marathons! So I’d like to face my fear and give it a go one day.
Yes, I train at the gym with my PT three to four times a week, depending on my schedule.
Totally. If I train before a show, I find it gives me loads of energy and I’m buzzing after it. It makes my show better, to the point where my producers have even noticed!
Working at Radio 1 has given me confidence because you get thrown into the deep end a lot. Say you are working at the Brit awards there can be three huge stars waiting to be interviewed by you, so there isn’t really any time for fear! You’ve just go to do it, so you might as well relax and enjoy it.
Yes, and yes! I find that if I go for a run/a gym session I don’t check my phone, so it’s a really good time to free my mind from the things that run through it.
Yes, there are days where you obviously have a rubbish day, but that’s the job really. You’ve got to perform – you just get on with it really.
Strictly makes you get fit because it’s ridiculously hard! If you’re doing a really quick dance, a quickstep or a Charleston, they are super-fast and by the end of the day you are dripping with sweat. I took three t-shirts to training everyday – it is such a workout, seven or eight hours a day.