Graham Norton/Niall Horan

Former One Direction singer’s new single, Nice To Meet Ya, and I admit that it’s got a nice intro that’s worthy of Noel Gallagher and Alex from the Arctic Monkeys, and I don’t say that lightly. I admit that I’m not a huge fan of Niall, partly due to him being of boy-band stock, but even I have to admit this new song of his actually sounds pretty good. An entire dimension away from what I’m normally used to hearing. If Niall’s hoping to make the transition from boy-band to serious artists this is a good way to start it. It’s my type of music and is a decent mixture of Indie, electro and acoustic. If his new album, Flicker, sounds as good as Nice To Meet Ya  then I would be solely tempted to get a copy. His performance was really good and it was quite nice to see him play with a band, almost as if they record together, permanently. Now providing that he stays on this musical route there’s no reason why he can’t become a more serious indie/rock musician.

 

Also on the sofa were Helena Bonham Carter, Oliver Coleman, Chadwick Boseman, Lady Glennconnor and Richard Ayoade

Graham Norton/Taylor Swift

Just caught a glimpse, well heard a glimpse actually, of Taylor Swift’s new song, Me, just a few minutes ago and I have to admit it’s not overly bad. The songs does it its moments in terms of the way in which it’s structured and has a sort of ‘girly vibe’ to it. Now I openly admit that I’m not a huge fan of Taylor Swift yet I openly admit that she’s a good singer and has a big vocal range on her. In regards to her singing abilities she’s actually quite good and seems, displays full confidence in herself and shows a commanding presence whenever she’s on the stage. In tonight’s performance she had great backing singers who appeared to be more like actual band members than just average backing singers. However, despite the fact that her new single sounds good I won’t be rushing to buy or download it anytime soon. Me is out now and is on her new album of which the title has yet to be released.

Also on the sofa were James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner and Jessica Chastain to discuss the new upcoming X-Men film, Dark Phoenix which comes out in early June. As an X-Men I genuinely can’t wait for this

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Graham Norton/Shakespear’s Sister

I first remember hearing ‘Stay’ when it first came out and it was a powerhouse of a hit, Siobahn and Marcella’s voices just hit all the right notes, and within all intents and purposes it was a rich, powerful song with deep, gothic quality. It’s been 27 years since they performed it and it’s not lost any of its touch. Sound-wise it’s got a bit lighter but then you’re just reminded of how great Siobahn and Marcella sound together. Stay still holds the record for the the most weeks at no.1, eight impressive weeks back in it’s heyday. It’s one of those songs that defies time and still sounds as incredible as it did back then. Anyway, the ladies of Shakespear are releasing a new album called Singles Party, can’t wait. A great comeback for Shakespear’s Sister. Also on the sofa were Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Kevin Hart and Octavia Spencer.

On The TV… Claire Richards

Only just finished watching Claire Richards (former Steps front-woman) sing her new single These Wings on the TV, I’m just going to say now that even though I’ve never been a fan of hers I have to confess I liked her tonight. These Wings is quite a heartfelt song that definitely has that drive to it as it gathers momentum not long after it starts. Wings is one of those type of songs where it carries emotions and has that intimate feel to it. As a singer all I’ll say is that, despite not being a fan, she is quite talented and can hit the high notes required for such a track. On the whole it had a stage musical feel and added a bit more energy and power performance,  also it was nice to see Claire perform with a collective of musical individuals who weren’t steps.

Also on the sofa providing banter and gossip were former James Bond actress Judi Dench (the 90’s M), Cuckoo star Greg Davies, Kenneth Branagh and boxer Anthony Joshua

On The TV: Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus

Musical legend Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus have got together and have made a new song and, Nothing Breaks You Like a Heart, is the result. As an open fan of Ronson but not quite of Cyrus I just found myself liking this song within the first few seconds. Miley’s voice fits the song perfectly and adds just that little bit extra to the music though there is a slight southern-state twang to her voice. Oddly enough it actually works really well. As for Ronson, what can you honestly say about him that’s not already been said? the guy’s a musical genius who just will not let you down. The chorus itself ‘Nothing, nothing, nothing gon’ save us now’ is both catchy and addictive. I’ve a feeling this’ll quickly grow on me. The song is off the album Late Night Feelings.

TV chief Jamie Oliver, actress/singer Hailee Steinfield, actor Matthew McConaughy and wrestler-turned actor John Cena were also on the sofa adding banter and discussing upcoming projects.

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.