Every morning, I wake up at 5am and wonder what horrible monstrosity I was involved with in a previous life. What did I do to deserve having my precious sleep snatched away from me? Then I have coffee and I realise… I am the luckiest guy in the world.
My name is Darryl Morris and I host the Breakfast Show on The Hits Radio.
Every weekday morning, 7am-10am, we get together with three hours of tunes, gossip and guests. The job lands me in some weird places; changing nappies with McBusted, eating quiche with Robbie Williams, wheeling Lawson around in a bin, being put in a head-lock by Rizzle Kicks and arguing with Perrie from Little Mix… then making up, then arguing, then making up again. Like a married couple.
Each week, I want to bring you the inside gossip and my take on the big stories. The stars we love andthe stars we love to hate.
This year’s Brit Awards are hurtling toward us like Miley on a wrecking ball, but Jason Derulo is unsure about attending. He hasn’t been nominated (scandal!) but has been handed an invite. Apparently he’s concerned after a previous bad experience. It turns out that last time he’d attended the ceremony, somebody accidentally peed on his shoe while they shared a neighboring urinal, and by all accounts it was a person we’d be familiar with. Imagine being the guy that took a wee on Jason Derulo! Jay from The Wanted once told me of a time he’d relieved himself on a tour bus, thinking he had made it safely to a toilet! Jay… bets are on you mate!
Speaking of The Brits, super cool Sam Smith is all set to rock up for his first big award win. He’s been named Critics Choice and is, without question, one of the nicest men I’ve ever met. Its always pleasing when somebody you admire is actually a lovely person too. 6ft 4 and with striking, swept back hair, you almost expect him to be the playground bully type. Far from that, he’s sweet, funny and most importantly… humble! It’s hard to say if the inevitable rise to world stardom will change that, but he’s taking it all in his stride for now.
Four girls who haven’t had the Brits judges doting all over them this year are Little Mix, who spoke out about how ‘gutted’ they were to be snubbed by the awards; and rightly so! Aside from One Direction, it’s hard to think of a band that has worked harder this year. Tirelessly performing and promoting while finding time to craft out and record a top 5 album. Not only that, they’ve also gone where every British band dream of and have conquered the USA. And don’t get me started on their efforts to empower young fans in their confidence-boosting single ‘Little Me’ – all while Miley is grinding Madonna like a family party gone wrong. Please! Why aren’t I a Brits judge?
I’m not the only one that’s a bit miffed, James Arthur, who still hasn’t mastered the whole ‘stepping away from twitter’ thing, vented his frustration at not being nominated a few weeks ago. He was annoyed that artists who he’d beat in the sales were nominated before him. He has a point but you can’t help feel its one he should be keeping to himself. He’s currently ripping up venues across the UK on his first headline tour and he has plenty to take his mind off Twitter. According to his support act, Tich, they are having deep, philosophical conversations backstage that often last well into the night. It seems to be helping their onstage Zen too as both of them are on top of their game. Tich warms the crowd up and wins herself a couple of thousand new fans every night (I witnessed a grown man cry and there was more than one heckled marriage proposal) before James throws off his X Factor shackles and shows the Brits judges why they should be taking him more seriously. Go team!