Act natural, they said. Got a bit Xtra... ...Bites. Eyyyyy (sorry). Playing dress-up in @thexfactor wardrobe for this week’s #XtraBites with @justeatuk, swanning about in @megan_mckenna_’s BEAUTIFUL (sorry @simoncowell) week 1 threads 🦢 Swipe up link in my story to watch 🌭 📸 @funofryan 
#xfactor #xfactorcelebrity

Act natural, they said. Got...

Shout out to my X! ...(tra Bites viewers), check out episode 3 of our #xfactorcelebrity spin-off show #XtraBites with @justeatuk to catch me creeping around backstage in an itsy bitsy frock, chucking sausages at yorkies with @maxandharvey & @martinbashirofficial, and playing dress-up in the wardrobe department. Available now on @thexfactor YouTube, Facebook & IGTV 🌭

Shout out to my X!...

Meet some of the fantastic guests who’ve swung by the back of my pick-up to tailgate with me on my brand new show #YahooTailgate. We’ve been chatting #NFL #NBA & #MLB, with content dropping every day on @yahoosportuk 🏈🏀⚾️ Thank you so much to @jamell @r_riakporhe @vernonkay @georgiebingham @jamie.ohara @marcel_rockyb @jemeljof for all the laughs 👌🏽🎉 Hair & make-up as always by my right hand woman @abbiemaymua 💋
Pics from @peteman82 & by our amazing social producer @its_about_ash 📸

Meet some of the fantastic...

Boat beat & barnet bouclé by @abbiemaymua 💋

@dodgers jersey, naturally, to shoot my @yahoosportuk show & a gorgeous @hawa.ldn choker in case I forget my own name 👌🏽

Boat beat & barnet bouclé...

As Rihanna once, wisely, said: ‘Werk werk werk werk werk werk...’ 👷🏽‍♀️👷🏽‍♂️ Doing the heavy lifting backstage for episode 3 of #xtrabites, dropping Wednesday. Tune into @thexfactor tonight, 8:10, @itv & @wearestv1 ✨

Make-up @sarahexley1 
Styled by @gaylerinkoff 
Dress @delavali_official @theoutnet 
Shoes @sophiawebster 
Necklace @hawa.ldn

As Rihanna once, wisely, said:...

@shopmatalan sleigh-ing their Christmas ad this year #merrymatalan 🛷🎄 #ad

@shopmatalan sleigh-ing their Christmas ad...

Perks of the job #459870: NFL locker room chats 🎥🏈💧 Covering the Rams v Bengals #nfllondon game for #yahootailgate at Wembley and fully feeling the drip drip of these insane players who we report on week in week out for @yahoosportuk. 
I’ll be talking about chasing that drip drip (presenting... broadcasting... journalising) and the constantly evolving music and entertainment industries TOMORROW EVENING with the fantastic @edibow and @metro.co.uk Entertainment Editor @toomanyemmas at @WeWork's free panel event at 10 York Rd. RSVP for free using the link in my story #WeWorkUK #WeTheCreators

Perks of the job #459870:...

Happy Tuesday, may your sunglasses match the colour of your wine. #rosétintedspectacles

Happy Tuesday, may your sunglasses...

ITVING IT UP

A blog about some recent work stuff that had nothing to do with your license fee.

It is May at the end of this week, so obviously* it’s time for a couple of work updates for anyone remotely interested. I’ll be brief.

O’BRIEN, ITV

The beginning of the month saw Loose Women taken off the air for two weeks (yes, it was temporary, you can breathe a sigh of relief) to make way for ‘O’Brien’, a pseudo-political debate show hosted by LBC’s James O’Brien, broadcast during the lunchtime slot on ITV as the run-up to the election gained momentum. I was asked to appear on the show’s panel as a commentator from ‘youth media’, alongside Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb, broadcaster Janet Street-Porter, media personality (and wife of Neil) Christine Hamilton, NHS representatives and critics, filmmaker Peter Bach, private paramedics, a drug dealer, a mother who’d lost her daughter to an overdose, sufferers of two terminal illnesses, ‘self-medicators’, plastic surgery recipients, the guy who owns the club where that girl gave a ton of blow-jobs for a free cocktail, a couple of ex-Big Brother contestants and an incredible gent called Sean Attwood who spent six years in one of the most dangerous prisons in America for drug trafficking and who is now an activist for rehabilitation efforts in the penal system, amongst many others. It’s probably worth noting that this was for an episode focussing on questions of whether drunk people should be admitted to A&E and whether drugs should be legalised**.

The show was probably best described as ‘Newsnight meets Jeremy Kyle’. There was a lot of shouting, and some excellent insight from supremely interesting people wonderfully mixed up with a good number of admittedly terrible points made by really dubious people. There were heartbreaking stories, and stories which made me want to cry for all the worst reasons. It was a brilliant experience, a good opportunity to talk about something that’s not Justin Bieber or Kim Kardashian, and I was particularly stimulated during the hour before recording spent in the green room with Norman, Peter, Sean, Dr Bob Gill, a paramedic and charity worker, where I learned so much about the state and machinations of our health service, as well as engaging in the most eye-opening conversation about the frightening American penal system.

My main points made on the show: Anger at ‘contingency plan’ attitude of certain audience members towards using A&E for stomach pumps; observations on the hypocrisy of attitudes towards coke consumption given catastrophically brutal drug war in South America. The main Twitter reaction to my contribution: Neon pink Nike Air Max and Fresh Prince shirt were well liked. Oh well.

*You’d be forgiven for thinking this is not an obvious thing at all. You’d also be right.

**NOT an episode on social media and the cult of celebrity, which gave cause for a very swift rethink on the train up to Media City of what I was going to say… It’s cool, it’s cool: celebrities & Twitter / NHS & the drug war; swings / roundabouts.

FYI DAILY, ITV2

In other news, I’ve been further terrorising ITV’s network of channels recently, swooping back onto ITV2 to interrupt your evening films (sorry***) with a bit of showbiz news. Vastly different content to the above. Similar feedback. Will be back on the channel for a couple of weeks at the beginning of next month (yep, May, it’s happening). Tune in, ya filthy animals.


With thanks to @HPRLondon for the clothes from Mink Pink, Some Days Lovin and Paint It Red.

***Not sorry.

XOXO
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