Michael Buble on The Graham Norton Show

Just finished watching Canadian singer Michael Buble perform his latest song, I Only Have Eyes For You, and I have to admit that even though I’m not a huge fan of his he  does a good version. There’s only a few handful of male artists I can think of who can cover this song and still do it some justice, and he Buble is one of them. He’s just got the actual voice for it. The man’s voice is both melodic and soothing and is a vocal equivalent of lemon tea and honey. Relaxed, slow-paced and jazzy with a bit of swing. In a way it reminds of Harry Connick Jnr when he performed the theme to When Harry Met Sally as it’s in a similar vein. I openly admit that though I’m not a fan of the guy I’ll confess he has got a great singing voice.

Carey Mulligan, Taron Egerton and Sir Ian McKellen provided banter and laughs as well as discussing their own individual upcoming projects

Mumford & Sons on The Graham Norton Show

Currently been watching Indie/folk lads, also known as Mumford & Sons perform their new single Guiding Light on TV right now and all I can say is welcome back guys. The song is terrific and the guys’ vocal talents have not lost any of their touch and their voices are still as soothing as they’ve always been. Marcus Mumford, their lead man doesn’t fail to deliver when it comes to a live show. Ben, Winston and Ted always deliver when it comes to doing the backing vocals. Their new single Guiding Light is available on their new album Delta.

Kurt Russell, Claire Foy, Lee Evans and David Walliams plenty of banter as well as discussing their upcoming projects.

Rick Astley on The Graham Norton Show

Just watched a performance by former 80’s heartthrob Rick Astley perform his latest single Try. The performance itself felt quite sombre and it sounded like one of those songs with carry numerous emotions and carries a certain mood to it. Compared to his earlier, more iconic material Try sounds a lot more mature and definitely one for the modern-day times. The backing singers added some depth to the song and together they made one great song and even better performance. In many ways Rick’s like a good wine, just seems to get better with age and yet still retains his boyish good looks even if he’s in his early 50’s. His current song Try is from his new album Beautiful Life.

Also on the sofa were British actors Eddie Redmayne and Jude Jaw discussing their new upcoming film and American comic actress Melissa McCarthy also discussing her new upcoming film with Richard E.Grant

BTS on The Graham Norton Show

Caught sight of a special performance by South Korean boy-band BTS perform their song Idol. Amazingly these guys are a 7-members line-up which is quite big in itself, their performance was quite energetic and the audience seemed to like them and the show ended with a showering of glitter. Sadly I can’t say I’m a huge fan but I can see why they’d have an appeal to many girls out there. The only positive thing I can say them is that they have a nice dress-sense. However there was only 6 on tonight as one of the band members was off due to injury. As far as they go they’ve certainly got what you’d expect e.g good vocals, energetic dance moves, dress-sense and good looks which is all you’d need. They were kind enough to say what the initials stood for Behind The Scenes, for anyone who’s interested in what it says in their native it’s Bullet-proof Boy Scouts. The song is available on their album Love Yourself, I for one won’t be rushing to by myself a copy as I can’t count myself as a fan

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However Jamie Dornan, Rosamund Pike, Harry Connick Jr and Whoopi Goldberg were on the sofa to talks about their upcoming projects and provide a few laughs

Jeff Goldblum on The Graham Norton Show

Hollywood legend, well in my opinion anyway, Jeff Goldblum played on TV a few minutes ago with another singing great Imelda May. Now I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of jazz/swing/rockability even at the best of times even I have to admit that their sound tonight was quite good. Straighten Up and Fly Right. has got a contemporary feel to it. I think Jeff may have performed live on TV before, can’t remember, but when you put these two together they’re like lemon-tea and honey, they just go together like that. The song was on Jeff Goldblum’s debut album The Capitol Studios Sessions, ironically Imelda’s also on the album. Also on the sofa were scream-queen Jamie-Lee Curtis, Gary Barlow and the man behind Blackadder and Bean Rowan Atkinson.

Leslie Grantham RIP

British actor Leslie Grantham, best known for playing iconic TV bad-boy Dirty Den Watts has died aged 71. He began his career in the 70’s with numerous TV roles and continues into the 80’s. It was in 1985 when he landed the role of Den Watts where he became an overnight star and was involved in one of Eastenders infamous plotlines; the identity if Michelle Fowler’s baby where he earned the name ‘Dirty Den’. Also his infamous televised episode where in December 1986 when he handed over the divorce papers to on-screen wife Angie Watts played by Anita Dobson which received 30 million viewers. He left the show in 1989 but returned years later in 2003 for two years before leaving again, for good, following an online sex scandal. He continued his career in panto and appeared in the Bulgarian TV series The Good Neighbour. He’ll also be forever remembered for his infamous catchphrase “Ello Princess”

RIP LESLIE GRANTHAM AKA DIRTY DEN WATTS

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Years & Years on The Graham Norton Show

Olly and his band band are back after three years with their new single If You’re Over Me and it has has upbeat feel to it, sounds quite chirpy to. I’ll be openly honest about it and say that I wasn’t overly impressed by it as I prefer his earlier work such as Desire and King Under Your Control. The performance itself wasn’t too bad as it was basically Olly singing and dancing with 5-6 backing dancers and his choice of dress was a bit intriguing. Black and yellow. As an artist he’s got a really good voice and wide vocal range and it suits his style of music. Unfortunately I won’t joining the masses to download this track anytime soon.

Also on the sofa was the entire cast of the hit Ocean’s 8 which was a laugh and minute. Seriously, it was. If they weren’t laughing they were talking, more than Graham I think.

Florence and The Machine on The Graham Norton Show

Just been watching a rerun of Florence and The Machine with their new song Hunger and it’s brilliant. Florence Welch, the band’s front-woman has got an incredibly soothing voice which just cut right through the song and the melody, and the line ‘We all have a hunger’ is a cleverly written lyric. Florence just seems to be able to glide effortlessly around the stage whilst performing in an almost ghost-like way (or like a dalek pending on your preferred descriptions). All I can say is that as a performer she has an earthal quality whenever she performs and has a full-bodied voice. Just incredible

Liam Payne on The Graham Norton Show

Just been watching former One Direction-er Liam Payne perform his single Familiar, and I have to admit even though it was ever-so-slightly addictive I couldn’t say that it did anything for me. Liam had a mixture of male and female backing dancers on-stage with him, unfortunately I felt as though they didn’t do much to make the performance any better. I admit that the slight R’N’B Latino sound did make it sound interesting but sadly I won’t be rushing to buy this from the shops or download it anytime soon, or ever. I openly admit I was never a fan of One Direction so this is to some degree bias-ness, the rest of it is that I sadly grew out of teeny pop music years ago

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Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend: Coventry

It’s the last day of the Biggest Weekend, and certainly the biggest one that the Beeb have pulled off and what a musical extravaganza. What’s definitely been great about it, especially in Swansea, was the number of female artists performing and not long after the 50/50 Gender Pledge was promised. The female artists taking part was no exception; Rita Ora, Stefflon Don, Clean Bandit, Demi Lovato who was joined by Puerto Rican star Louis Fonsi who is equally as incredible and definitely has the voice to match. The day continued with Hailee Steinfield, Camila Cabello, formerly of Fifth Harmony who managed to win over the crowds and prove herself as a solo artist. Other ladies to storm the stage were Jessie Ware, Anne Marie, Jax Jones who was joined by another sensational female artists Raye and our very one Jess Glynne.

What’s great about this is that at a time when the lack of female artist on band bills has been mentioned on the news earlier this year is that having several female artists can actually work can that it’s capable of pulling big crowds. After todays’ band lists in Swansea there’s very little excuse for a lack of female representation at any major festival.

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Over in Coventry there were some incredible performers by Snow Patrol and veteran rockers The Selector who still know how to put on a show, even now.

Liam Gallagher, the other half of the Gallagher brothers closed the night with his new band Beady Eye mixture but still did performed songs from his Oasis days. Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory, Greedy Soul, Wall of Glass, Bold, Some Might Say, D’ Ya Know What I Mean, Come Back to Me and You Better Run. No matter you might think of him, and admittedly he might not be your cup of tea, Liam has proved himself to be a worthy musician, singer and songwriter and that he can survive post Oasis (and Noel). Even now he still has his loyal fanbase and can still knows how to attract a new generation. Now I openly admit that I’m not actually in the Liam Gallagher fanbase but even I have to admit that he knows how to get a crowd going, and he definitely breathes rock ‘n’ roll and the crowds like him.

Live links courtesy of Greg James, Alice Levine, Clara Amfo and Jo Whiley

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