BBC MUSIC ANNOUNCES SAM SMITH SPECIAL 18

BBC Music today announces a world-exclusive hour-long entertainment show Sam Smith At The BBC, for BBC One this autumn, presented by Fearne Cotton.

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Sam Smith will perform new tracks from his eagerly awaited new album and classic tracks, accompanied by his band and the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as talking about his career, music and his life to date.

The one-off 60-minute special from BBC Studios, filmed in front of a live studio audience, will be broadcast in November and will include songs Sam has never previously performed before for a TV audience.

Sam says: “I’m so honoured and thankful to the BBC for giving me this opportunity to showcase some of my new music from my album in this amazing, intimate setting. I can’t wait to sing some old songs and have a big old sing along with everyone.”

Sam has amassed an array of prestigious accolades including a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Original Song (Writing’s On The Wall), four Grammys, three BRIT Awards, six Mobo Awards and two Guinness World Records. Sam’s multi-platinum selling album In The Lonely Hour has sold over 12.4m copies globally, breaking records in America as the highest first week sales for a UK male artist’s debut album. His new single Too Good At Goodbyes went to number one in its first week making it his sixth number one single in the UK.

Fearne says: “As I’ve adored Sam’s voice since he performed on Radio 1’s Live Lounge in 2015, I jumped at the chance to present this show. I can’t wait to see him again, watch him perform new and old tracks and chat to him about his music and life.”

Sam Smith At The BBC follows in the footsteps of Adele At The BBC and Michael Bublé At The BBC, both BBC Studios productions.

Broadcast in November 2015, Adele At The BBC, presented by Graham Norton, was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the Bafta Awards. A sketch within the programme, which saw Adele impersonate herself, broke the BBC YouTube channel record by gaining over 60 million views. Harry Styles At The BBC will be broadcast in November on BBC One.

Bob Shennan, Director of BBC Radio and Music says: “Placing music centre stage on television remains one of BBC Music’s aims as supporting a range of burgeoning and established acts, and I’m very happy that we’re able to bring Sam to BBC One for what promises to be a very special show.”

Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events and Formats, BBC Studios says: “I’m delighted that Sam is the next superstar in this series. These shows create a world in which artists like Sam feel incredibly comfortable and can simply have fun and reveal more of themselves to viewers than is ever normally possible. It promises to be a great hour in the company of an outstanding performer.”

BBC Worldwide is the international distributor for the title.

The recording will take place on Tuesday 17 October. Registration to apply for tickets to be in the audience is open from 11am on Tuesday 3 October to 11pm on Thursday 5 October.

Sam Smith At The BBC is a BBC Studios production, executive produced by Anouk Fontaine and edited by Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events and Formats. The programme was commissioned by Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning, Music Television.

BBC Music will present a feast of television programming this autumn. BBC Music has recently announced a brand new six-part music series coming to BBC One, produced by the award-winning independent production company Fulwell 73. Last month, BBC Music brought live coverage of The Mercury Prize on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music. BBC Studios presented Later 25 at the Royal Albert Hall, a special edition of Jools Holland’s show celebrating 25 years on BBC Two last month.

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CHILDREN IN NEED 2017: PRESENTING LINE-UP REVEALED 5

Coming live from the BBC’s Elstree studios on Friday 17 November, the night will feature a spectacular star-studded line-up as they join together to help raise money for disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

Hosting BBC Children in Need for the first time, Mel Giedroyc says: “Tess. Ade. Graham. Rochelle. Marvin. The Power Rangers of the presenting world. I feel honoured to be joining their ranks and bagsy wear the blue all-in-one body-stocking-slash-helmet combo.”

Presenting the show for a second time, Graham Norton says of the charity: “BBC Children in Need helps so many children and young people up and down the country. Presenting the show is a lovely thing to be a part of; it’s a celebration of the best of people.”

Long-term supporter of BBC Children in Need, Tess Daly says of the Appeal: “I love presenting the live show, I love the adrenaline rush of it. The Great British public dig deep for BBC Children in Need as it’s a charity close to people’s hearts, raising vital money for children in the UK.”

Returning again in 2017, Ade Adepitan says of the show: “I am very excited and extremely proud to be presenting BBC Children in Need again with Tess, Graham, Marvin and Rochelle. The charity has been an incredible force for good in the UK, helping some of the most vulnerable people when they most need it. To be asked to play a part in helping these people is a real honour. I’m looking forward to a fabulous evening of tears, entertainment and most of all laughter. Get your popcorn and your tissues ready – it’s going be an incredible night!”

Rochelle Humes says of the charity: “BBC Children in Need has played such a big part in everyone’s life, including my own, ever since I was at school. It holds such a close connection with those around us and year on year we see the incredible impact it makes to those children who are in need, which is why so many want to get on board and help this wonderful cause. On the night itself, we have some amazing things for everyone at home to enjoy, so don’t forget to tune in and do all you can to make a difference!”

Also returning in 2017 is Marvin Humes, who says: “It’s so nice to be back again hosting. Last year was the first time Rochelle and I were part of the show together. We absolutely loved it. BBC Children in Need is such a great British institution. It’s incredible and a dream come true to be supporting once again.”

Further exciting news regarding the performances, sketches and content which viewers can enjoy on the night will be shared in due course. The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is a BBC Studios production, executive produced by Clare Pizey and Leanne Witcoop.

X FACTOR UK: SAM BLACK RETURNS TO REPLACE ANTHONY RUSSELL AT JUDGES HOUSES 8

Sam Black is set to make his return to The X Factor, joining Louis Walsh‘s Boys at Judges’ Houses!

Following Anthony Russell‘s exit from the competition due to personal reasons, Louis has decided that Sam is the man to replace him, despite leaving the show at Boot Camp.

Louis explained: “Anthony has been fantastic across the series, a great singer and performer who we are really sad to see go. I had to think for a long time who could take the place.

“Sam had a great reaction from the British public when his Audition aired. So I re-watched it and realised we missed a trick not putting him through atBoot Camp. He has that retro 60s style viewers will love. He’s really likeable and talented and I can’t wait to hear more.”

Sam – who caused a stir at Boot Camp by proposing to his girlfriend on stage – added: “Obviously, I feel terrible for Anthony because he is not only an amazing singer but also a lovely guy.

“He has even messaged me good luck. I really appreciate the second chance I’ve been given and I feel so lucky to get this opportunity. My family and I are over the moon.”

You can catch Sam in action when The X Factor hits Judges’ Houses on Saturday 21st October, 8.20pm and Sunday 22nd October, 7pm on ITV.