'If you can’t sing there is no point saying ‘you’re quite good’' - Nick Grimshaw on being an 'honest' X Factor judge
Nick Grimshaw has revealed he will never be 'mean' to X Factor hopefuls as he addressed his upcoming judging role for the first time.
The Radio One presenter is gearing up for his first stint on the hit ITV show alongside fellow judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez Versini and his pal Rita Ora, who jumped ship from The Voice.
"I thought there'd be a meeting before, and it's just like, see you on Monday at the auditions," he said.
"Like, there's no... they don't tell you who to be. So I think obviously I'll be myself, and I think I'll be nice when I need to be nice.
"I don't think I'd ever be mean to anybody, because I feel like it must be so terrifying and so nerve-wracking to get up on that stage and do an audition.
"So I'd never be mean, but I think I'd be real. I think I'd be honest."
Grimshaw (30) was speaking at the launch of another TV show - Relentless Ultra presents Soundchain for MTV, a music show in which he interviews artists about their careers, kicking off with Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.
Of X Factor, he added, "I think you can say ‘this is the wrong career for you’. If you can’t sing there is no point saying ‘you’re quite good’. If they are not going to win it or you don’t want to see them in the final I don’t think there is any point going any further.”
Grimmy is clearly an X Factor fan, saying the show "has always got so many characters and seems so much fun".
He said, “It is a whole new panel and it is going to be completely different this year. I like that it feels inclusive and everyone can talk about it, your mum, a cabbie, I can talk about it on the radio.
"Everybody has a reference point. Even people who don’t really like it watch it and people who you think are too cool to watch it, they watch it. Like Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, they still watch it.”
The presenter has also already got someone in mind to accompany him to judges houses - Jessie Ware.
"I saw Jessie Ware, who might well be my favourite person in the world, at Glastonbury," he said.
"I met her and she was like, 'Obviously I've gotta be on judges' houses, where are we going?' I'd love Jessie Ware to do it, I really love her."
Although he is mates with Rita Ora, he said they're not going to gang up on Cheryl or Simon.
"Rita is one of those people who treats everyone the same, I can't imagine her ever ganging up on anyone," he revealed.
"If you are going to gang up on someone, they're probably the wrong people to pick - he employs me, and she's a Geordie."
Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain kicks off tonight, Friday 3 July, at 11pm on MTV Music.