“This time last year I didn’t think I would ever be back”

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How did it feel re­turn­ing to the show?

It feels great, a bit odd to start with. This time last year I didn’t think it would ever hap­pen. I started hav­ing drinks in early Jan­uary with friends who work on the show and peo­ple were ask­ing me if I would ever go back, then my agent started ask­ing the same ques­tion.

Did you have any reser­va­tions about com­ing back to the show?

To start with, I wasn’t sure. I felt like I had drawn a line in the sand. Then I gave my­self some time to think about it and I re­alised I missed be­ing part of a show that’s part of the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion and cul­ture. I cer­tainly still felt an emo­tional at­tach­ment to it.

How did you feel when the show came back and you weren’t on it?

I was lucky that I was work­ing in South Africa for two months while it was on. If I had been in the UK then it would have been slightly weirder. As I was away I was al­most shielded from it. Even be­fore Caro­line and Olly took the gig I spoke to them and told them they should take the job. I also told them what they should ex­pect when they do take the job, it’s not The Xtra Fac­tor, it comes with a cer­tain pres­sure and level of fo­cus. I made my peace with it in my head.

You must have sneaked a peek to see how they were do­ing?

I kept my eye on it! I didn’t make a con­scious de­ci­sion not to watch it but it’s the first time I had my Satur­day nights back in years, so I did go out a lot.

Do you think there will be rows between the judges?

Oh yeah be­cause at the mo­ment they are get­ting on but when they reach the live shows that’s when they start pro­tect­ing their young. Then it’s like four ve­loci­rap­tors!

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