Nick Grimshaw confessed to Digital Spy UK that he’s just as emotionally invested in the X Factor contestants as we are.
“I have only ever worked in music,” Nick said about his transition to television as an X Factor judge. He started out working as a plugger for artists to get them play time on the radio.
“Music is my first love, it’s what inspires me, it’s what makes me feel emotional.” But it turns out TV can bring out his tears, too.
He’s always loved X Factor. “[It] is the only show on TV that I purposefully stay in to watch, where I don’t go out and me and my friends are all at my house, we cook and we watch it every Saturday and Sunday together.”
But it’s a lot easier to watch the show from your couch than actually having to whittle down contestants and crush dreams. “When you’ve got 12 people and you need to cut them down to six and it’s in a live arena…” Nick fretted. “I really connect with people and I get really emotional, so I don’t know how I’m going to be able to say, ‘You’re a really nice person, but you’re terrible at singing’. But I guess that’s the job. I cry at things a lot, so I will definitely be crying.”
Shake it off and stay strong, Grimmy!