YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES 91

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from X Factor to Strictly, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
Radio 1 presenter Greg James with Radio 1 Xtra’s DJ Dotty present a lively mix of entertainment direct from the now refurbished BBC Television Centre in London’s White City. Brit award-winner Paloma Faith joins the pair to complete the hosting line-up, introducing performances by chart-busting singer Rita Ora and all-conquering rock duo Royal Blood.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
Together on Graham’s sofa: legendary rock star Sir Elton John; actor and writer Stephen Fry; Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan; pop star Robbie Williams; and singer-songwriter P!nk, who performs What About Us.

MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017
Featuring music performances from Jessie J and Welsh rock heroes Stereophonics. Premier League legend Alan Shearer hands over his phone in Celebrity Send To All, and Michael sneaks into another house in the jaw-dropping Midnight Gameshow. Plus new comedy material from Michael himself and one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the Unexpected Star.

THE X FACTOR UK FINAL – SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
A host of global superstars take to the stage at London’s ExCeL Centre.

New boyband PRETTYMUCH will be making their UK debut, X Factor superstar Louis Tomlinson gives us a world exclusive of his new single Miss You, Global megastar P!nk will be treating us to a mega-mix performance of What About Us & Beautiful Trauma, Multi award winning artist Sam Smith will perform a track from his number 1 album and Latin sensation CNCO make their X Factor debut alongside X Factor legends Little Mix.

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE RESULTS – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
There will be a spectacular music performance from the Leading Ladies, Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
Greg Wallace, Denise Lewis, Mark Pougatch and Gina Yashere come together to work as a team in the hope of winning thousands of pounds for their charities.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017
With Oscar-nominated star of The Help and Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain; comedian and writer Dawn French; Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson; and the stars of Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleDwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Plus, music from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who perform Holy Mountain.

MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
TV presenters Marvin and Rochelle Humes both hand over their phones in the first ever double Send To All and there’s music from pop rockers The Vamps.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE I’M A CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
Keith Lemon is back with a fifth series of Through the Keyhole. Kicking off with an I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! special.

Join Keith as he rummages around three mystery celebrity houses unearthing clues for the studio panel to guess ‘who habitates in a house like this.’

On this week’s star-studded panel are Comedian Jimmy Carr, former Queen of the Jungle Stacey Solomon, TV Presenter Myleene Klass and legendary DJ Tony Blackburn.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017
Bradley Walsh hosts as four celebrities try to pit their brains against one of the country’s finest quiz brains.

But have Sam Quek, Basil Brush, Andi Peters and Charlie Higson got what it takes?

CELEBRITY JUICE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017
Joining the panel this week is actor and TV presenter John Barrowman, musician and songwriter Alex James, TV personality and actress Denise Van Outen, popular Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson and Loose Women host and singer Stacey Solomon.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2017
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: the stars of the hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last JediDaisy Ridley, John Boyega and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill; together with award-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who performs Pray.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017
Bradley Walsh hosts as Mathew Horne, Danny Care, Jodie Kidd and Al Murray do their best.

THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE – TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2017
Queen of Comedy, Miranda Hart, is to host The Royal Variety Performance.

The award-winning comedy writer and actress will host this year, in the presence of members of the Royal family. The event will come from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the event for the 41st time.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

Stars lined up to appear include the legendary Kelsey Grammer who will be performing, with his cast, an exclusive extract from the new musical Big Fish; plus The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, The Leading Ladies – Beverly Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley – and The Script, and Paloma Faith.

Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, pianist Tokio Myers; the West End casts of ‘Annie’ and ‘42nd Street’; the incredible Circus Abyssinia; Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; the mesmerising Cirque du Soleil plus comedy from Jason Manford and Tom Allen.

A NIGHT FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES – WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017
A Night For The Emergency Services is a celebration of the heroes behind the uniforms to show appreciation and thanks for the incredible work they do.

Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show features talented members of the emergency services displaying their amazing skills in front of an audience made up solely of emergency service staff.

Following a year beset with national tragedy, the appreciation for the emergency services has never been higher. Introducing the show, host Ashley Banjo says: “Tonight is all about the brilliantly dedicated emergency services. It’s a chance for us to meet the people behind the uniforms and say thank you to all the hard working teams who have had to deal, so professionally, with such a difficult year.”

The first performance of the evening features Diversity dancing alongside aerialist Hayley Wray who is a firefighter from Jersey and Scott Elliott who works for South Yorkshire Police.

They are accompanied by singers from the Royal Free Hospital Music Society and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir with the Royal Greenwich Volunteer Police Cadets playing drums.

The next act is the Cheshire Fire Choir who perform a moving rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water with global singing star Leona Lewis.

PC Paul Taylor who touched the hearts of the nation when we was caught on camera dancing with some children at the Manchester One Love Concert, gets to dance with his colleagues from Darlington Police alongside Diversity.

This is followed by Mark Daniels, a RNLI volunteer from Ilfracombe who performs as a Michael Buble tribute act in his day job, giving an impressive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Mentalist (mind magician) Ashley Turner, a Detective Sergeant from Northampton Police also shows off his impressive and entertaining mind-boggling act.

Emergency Medical Technician Lewis Quinn performs Bring Him Home with singing duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe accompanied by the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra led by detective Seb Valentine. The orchestra is the only one in the UK made up entirely of Emergency Service personnel.

The finale is an unforgettable performance by Diversity accompanied by Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, supported by the Cheshire Fire Choir and Blue Light Symphony Orchestra.

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BRIT AWARDS 2018: RITA ORA TO PERFORM 33

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 41

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.