WHO’S ON YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS THIS MONTH? 87

With so many chat shows, game shows and music appearances coming up, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the schedule. So below, we present a new feature detailing all the upcoming chat show and music appearances.

CELEBRITY JUICE – THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2017
Fearne Cotton and special guest team captain Ed Sheeran go head to head in a series of hilarious games and challenges. Joining the panel this week are TV presenter Chris Kamara, Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey and X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2017
Tonight’s guest host is Liam Payne. His debut single, Strip That Down, sold five million units worldwide – the biggest-selling solo single from a current member of One Direction. He’ll be talking to Greg about his new single out in October and soon to be released debut album. Along with hosting duties and singing live in the studio, Liam will be introducing performances from Manchester’s finest, Liam Gallagher – who has also recently released his debut solo album, and UK trio London Grammar.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2017
With the stars of the new movie version of Murder on the Orient Express – Dame Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh who also directed; plus, multi-award-winning actress Michelle Pfeiffer and comic actor (and voice of Olaf in Frozen) Josh Gad. Music comes from St. Vincent, who performs the single Los Ageless.

THE X FACTOR UK – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017
Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers performs live.

THE JONATHAN ROSS SHOW – SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2017
With Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, comedian and best selling children’s author David Walliams, and stand-up comedian and GameFace star Roisin Conaty. Legendary singer Debbie Harry also chats to Jonathan before joining her best-selling group Blondie to perform in the studio.

STRICTLY COME DANCING – SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017
This weekend’s musical performance comes from Welsh rock band Stereophonics

THE X FACTOR UK – SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017
Pop sensation Rita Ora performs her new single Anywhere live in the studio

SAM SMITH AT THE BBC – THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2017
Sam Smith sits down with Fearne Cotton for this BBC Music special on BBC One, a world-exclusive hour-long entertainment event.

Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Sam Smith will perform new tracks from his eagerly awaited new album, as well as classic tracks, accompanied by his band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He’ll be talking to Fearne 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 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.”

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.”

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
Tonight’s star co-host is Demi Lovato. The Grammy-nominated American singer has had five UK top 10 hits and, fresh from the release of her UK top 5 album, Tell Me That You Love Me, Lovato is one of the hottest pop stars on the planet. Along with hosting duties and singing live in the studio, Demi will be introducing performances from BRIT and Ivor Novello award winner, UK singer-songwriter Plan B, plus Loyle Carner making his BBC One debut.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2017
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa tonight: Star of Notting Hill and Bridget Jones’ Diary, Hugh Grant, appearing in Paddington 2; and triple Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, who performs Love So Soft from her album Meaning of Life.

STRICTLY COME DANCING – SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2017
There will be a special music performance from singer songwriter Seal and we will also see a fitting Remembrance Day performance from the Strictly professional dancers, accompanied by the RAF Spitfires Choir.

CHILDREN IN NEED ROCKS THE 80s – MONDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2017
A-ha, Bananarama, Boy George, Erasure, Europe, Imagination Featuring Leee John, Jason Donovan, Katrina from Katrina & The Waves, Louisa Johnson, Mica Paris, Nick Heyward, OMD and UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey, will take to the stage at The SSE Arena, Wembley to perform some of the most iconic hits from the 1980s.

The star-studded line up will transport viewers back to the era in a glittering celebration of the decade in which BBC Children in Need’s first major appeal took place.

Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Sara Cox, with Roman Kemp capturing all the excitement backstage, the show will also share moving stories from some of the children and young people who have been supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, as the charity aims to raise more money to help change young lives through this year’s Appeal.

CHILDREN IN NEED 2017 – FRIDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2017
The BBC Children In Need Appeal Show is back with an all-star line-up of presenters as Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, Ade Adepitan, Rochelle and Marvin Humes guide viewers through a night of dazzling entertainment and aim to raise millions of pounds for BBC Children In Need.

The show will feature performances and treats from some of the nation’s most loved stars. Highlights include the cast of EastEnders revealing hidden talents as they sing their way round The Square in a show-stopping musical medley.

Six well-loved Blue Peter presenters from the past 60 years will enter the glitz and glamour of the ballroom, as Mark Curry, Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Konnie Huq and Radzi Chinyanganya join forces with the Strictly professional dancers in a bid to win the Pudsey Glitter Ball trophy for BBC Children In Need.

The Queen Of Mean Anne Robinson returns for a Special Edition of the Weakest Link for Children In Need. Seven brave celebrities work as a team and attempt to answer a series of general knowledge questions to win up to £15,000 for the charity. However, only one can win, six will leave with nothing as round by round their teammates vote them the weakest link.

In the studio, the presenters of Countryfile swap their welly boots for cowboy boots in an unmissable performance and Joanna Lumley will present the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser Of The Year. The Children’s Choir perform live in unison across the nation and some deserving children get the surprise of their life!

Straight from London’s West End the cast of Annie – featuring Strictly’s very own Craig Revel Horwood as Miss Hannigan – will take the stage, and three of Theatre-land’s fabulous leading ladies, Amber Riley from Dreamgirls, Beverley Knight from The Bodyguard and Cassidy Janson from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical will dazzle us with a very special performance.

Superstar Rita Ora will join us in the studio as will pop band The Vamps and US star Jason Derulo. More exciting content will be announced in the coming weeks.

Along the way, appeal films will feature some of the children and young people whose lives have been changed through the support of BBC Children In Need, and the people who work tirelessly to help them.

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BRIT AWARDS 2018: RITA ORA TO PERFORM 41

The BRITs 2018 performance line-up adds another superstar in Rita Ora who will take to the stage at the awards ceremony for the first time this year. She will join Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith, Stormzy, Rag’n’Bone Man and Jorja Smith at The O2 on 21 February for the biggest night in British music.

Previously nominated for four BRIT Awards, and with 7 million single sales and a No. 1 platinum debut album to her name, Rita’s recent return to music has seen her into the charts four times in less than a year, most recently with ‘For You’ – a duet with BRITs 2018 double-nominee Liam Payne.

Rita said: “I am so honoured to be performing at The BRITs this year, as a British artist it has always been a dream of mine and I am beyond excited”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “The BRIT Awards are a celebration of the biggest success stories of the last 12 months in music and Rita has had an incredible year.  She is one of the most exciting British artists of her generation.  I am so pleased to welcome her to The BRITs stage and very much look forward to what will undoubtably be one of the evenings many highlights.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall and broadcast live on ITV. Celebrate with us on 21 February!

RISING R&B STAR JANICE TALKS HER NEW SINGLE “QUEEN” & UPCOMING ALBUM 48

With millions of streams to her name already, and with a sound reminiscent of Jessie Ware and Lianne La Havas, R ‘n’ B newcomer Janice- pronounced Jah-nees – already has a big year ahead with the release of her debut album and a Scandinavian tour in place for February and March. ThisIsTheLatest caught up with her to chat dream shows and the advice she’d give to aspiring artists.

TITL: Please sum yourself up in 3 words for me.

Janice: Warm, strong, brave.

TITL: Have you always wanted to be an artist or did you have other aspirations growing up?

J: Yes. I knew from a very early age that I wanted to sing but the confidence to actually do it came much later and also and grew into becoming an artist who creates music.

TITL: If you had to say you sounded similar to another band or artist, which would it be?

J: That’s a hard one. Sabina Ddumba and I have the same character in our voices I would say but totally different sounds.

TITL: Tell me about your latest track “Queen.” Is there a story behind it? 

J: It’s about that person that makes you wanna be the best version of yourself and also about never settling for less than a partner that makes you feel like you can do anything.

TITL: The song is taken from your upcoming album Fallin’ Up. Is there a story behind the title and how did you find the writing/creative and recording process? 

J: It was harder to come up with the title than to actually write the album! But yeah, I was listening to all the tracks and I heard it so clear. It’s all stories about a place and a state I was in and the place I’ve developed and where I’ve landed now. I felt that I was falling down time after time but I ain’t anymore – I’m Fallin Up! The creative process was long, fun, amazing and exhausting. HYENA and I experimented a lot with sounds and different genres and we found Javeon McCarthy, an amazing artist, songwriter and now friend who we connected with at first sight. We’ve written the majority of the album together. I can’t wait for the world to hear it!

TITL: Which song on the album are you most proud of and why?

J: Oh lord what a hard question! I mean, they’re all my babies and I’ve got so much love for each and every track but If I have to say one, it’ll be “Changing” I think… I wanted to write it as a part two of “Don’t Need To” and it’s a song where I’m so vulnerable yet strong which makes it special. I get to sing my heart out which I love. HYENA’s production is magical and it’s very electronic yet organic which makes it huge. And the backing vocals…SO powerful!!! I’m very proud of it.

TITL: Hailing from Sweden, how are you finding the more global reaction to your music? Is it at all daunting to hear that notably thanks to social media, individuals in far flung places are discovering your music and keeping up to date with what you’re up to? 

J: It’s been very inspiring throughout the years to see Sweden’s music export grow and to see the power of music. It’s limitless and that’s what makes it so beautiful. To see how far my music can go is a blessing. Social media is powerful in that way because basically anyone anywhere can discover you and show you and your music love and I’ve really experienced that through this process and still am.

TITL: Are you much of a social media user, and to what extent do you think it’s impacting your career and the music industry in general? 

J: Yeah I am but I try not to be for periods of time. It’s so distracting and misleading but it’s also the way we communicate and connect nowadays. I use it as a tool to extend my music and myself as an artist which basically everyone does. You can sort of get to know an artist by following them on Instagram or Twitter for example but social media is also so dangerous in that way. You can post the things you like however often you want to, or not, and in that way, it works great; but I also think it’s important to at least talk about how and why social media can be negative too. You don’t have to share everything with everyone but to show that you are human is important – especially for the ones that look up to you.

TITL: You recently participated in a Paste session in the US, performing as the headliner in their Sweden Makes Music show. What was that like and is breaking into the US market something you’re considerably focused on in terms of your plans for this year? 

J: It was like a dream. Couldn’t have ended 2017 any better. And I know it’s gonna be a challenge but I’m ready for it and I’m going to work so, so, so hard.

TITL: You’ve already been nominated for Swedish Grammy in the category of Best New Act, but do you care much about awards and accolades or are you more concerned about what your fans think? 

J: It’s insane and I’m so happy! I appreciate that they appreciate what I’m doing but that’s not what I do it for. It’s more important that my music resonates with my fans and that it brings them the kind of hope, joy and comforting only music can bring.

TITL: What are your upcoming tour and performance plans? 

J: I’m going on a Scandinavian tour in February-March.

TITL: If you could play any venue in the world, which would it be and why? What is it about that venue that means so much to you? 

J: Madison Square Garden. It’s been a dream since I was little kid and a big goal for me still. I like to visualize and I don’t know why but if I close my eyes and think of it, I see it so clearly.

TITL: Finally then, given how hard the music industry can be, especially on new and upcoming artists, what advice would you give to those wanting to follow in your footsteps? Is there anything you’ve been told recently that you wish you’d known before you started on this journey? 

J: To keep on doing what you love and don’t let anyone change who you are and what you want. Dream big, visualize, work hard and you can have it, you’ll have it!

Check out the video for Janice’s latest track “Queen” below and for more information on her and her music, visit her website, give her page a like on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.