Wednesday 13 December 2017

Graham Norton lashes out: 'The X Factor has lost its credibility'

Graham Norton
Graham Norton
Graham Norton
X Factor judges Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora. Photo: SYCO/THAMES TV

TV presenter Graham Norton says he has not watched The X Factor for years because "it has lost its credibility".

In an interview with the Radio Times he admitted to watching rival show Strictly Come Dancing, but "not slavishly".

"I haven't watched X Factor the past few years because it just seems so long now - it's endless," he said.

"Also, the people aren't very good, so to all the judges' comments of 'I'd buy your album tomorrow' you think, 'you're never having an album'. You wouldn't throw 50p at them if they were busking in the Tube. I think it's lost its credibility."

However, Norton (inset) revealed he's a fan of new X Factor judge and BBC Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw.

X Factor judges Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Rita Ora. Photo: SYCO/THAMES TV

"Certainly, I'm not supposed to be listening. He's supposed to have attracted the kids, but he can't shake this 52-year-old," he said.

"I like the music he plays and, besides, where would I go? I don't want Chris Evans, so Nick it is. What faint praise that is!"

Norton also said he does not think that guilty TV pleasures exist anymore.

"If it's pleasurable, why feel guilt?" he said.

"If there's a fabulous documentary on BBC4 about the invention of the clay pipe, I'm always going to choose something bubble-gummy and stupid on the other side."


Talking about his own chat show, he said he would still like to have Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on and Jennifer Lawrence is also on his wish list.

Stars aside, he would love to have former US president Bill Clinton on the show.

"He's funny, he's got stories, he's charismatic, and also now he's in that unique position of having been president and probably going to be the first man, or Fmotus (First Man of the United States)," he said.

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