In­ter­view With Ry­lan Clark...............................................................

Ry­lan Clark on his rise to tele­vi­sion star­dom, what it’s re­ally like to work with Emma Wil­lis, and so much more...

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He first shot to fame on The X Fac­tor in 2012 and although his singing skills didn’t blow the Bri­tish public away, his hi­lar­i­ously charm­ing per­son­al­ity did. That’s why he went on to win Celebrity Big Brother the fol­low­ing year. Four years later and Ry­lan Clark’s ca­reer is go­ing from strength to strength – with his own ‘Ry­land’ show­biz seg­ment on This Morn­ing and his host­ing gigs on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and Babushka, it’s safe to say the tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter is all booked up. That’s why we were de­lighted that Ry­lan found the time to chat to No.1 at This Morn­ing Live...

Hi Ry­lan! How did the first ever This Morn­ing Live week­end go? If I’m be­ing hon­est, it couldn’t have went any bet­ter and I think the whole crew here would agree. We’ve had some ex­tremely early rises and long days, but you know, that’s noth­ing we’re not used to so it’s been such good fun. I think the only change we would make is to make it even big­ger! I hope none of the crew hate me for say­ing that [ laughs].

Do the early starts and long days be­come ex­haust­ing? It’s funny be­cause when you first start wak­ing up at 3am/4am, it’s a bit of a shock to the sys­tem, but you just be­come used to it. And even when we’re run­ning on empty at the end of a long day, we still seem to find time to head out for a glass of bub­bles.

“I’m bruised from pinch­ing my­self so often! I feel so grate­ful to be do­ing the job I’m do­ing now...”

What was your favourite part of do­ing the show live? The whole ex­pe­ri­ence was great, but I think the buzz from the live au­di­ence was re­ally fun and also get­ting to meet and greet the view­ers. It was like a mini hol­i­day for our team!

Let’s talk about your new game show, Babushka. What’s the game all about? I would prob­a­bly com­pare it to Deal Or No Deal, just be­cause it’s re­ally sim­ple. All you have to do is find the money and keep it right till the end. Has it been dif­fer­ent host­ing a game show com­pared to a show like This Morn­ing? Yes, it’s dif­fer­ent to any­thing I’ve done. I had to tackle Babushka in a dif­fer­ent way so I didn’t re­ally go into it as ‘the host of a game show’. I just try to act like one of the con­tes­tants in the sense that I don’t know the an­swers to the ques­tions or where the money is, but I want them to win as much money as they pos­si­bly can and I just chuck to the ad breaks ev­ery now and then! You also host Big Brother’s spin off show, Bit On The Side and you’ve ad­mit­tedly al­ways been a fan of the show. Do you like to start a se­ries and be sur­prised or do you do your re­search be­fore­hand? Oh gosh, well let’s just be hon­est, I’m a fan at heart! I’m also nosy so I like to find out who’s go­ing in, what the theme is, ev­ery­thing about it.

If you could give the con­tes­tants any ad­vice be­fore they go in, what would it be? I would prob­a­bly say, just re­mem­ber that the re­ac­tion from the public you re­ceive on the way in, isn’t al­ways the way it’s go­ing to go for you. I walked in to boos and I won it. Hear­ing boos don’t mean you’re go­ing to be the first one out.

What’s it like work­ing with Emma Wil­lis? I love Emma! She has helped me so much and I con­stantly learn from her. Emma’s just amaz­ing.

The rise to your celebrity sta­tus has been su­per speedy. Do you ever have to pinch your­self? Ever? I’m bruised from pinch­ing my­self. Ev­ery­thing I’m do­ing now is hon­estly a dream come true. I wake up most days ask­ing my­self, ‘How the f**k did this hap­pen?’. I’m so grate­ful.

When you fi­nally get some well de­served time off, how do you spend it? Be­lieve it or not, I can be a bit of a lad be­hind closed doors – I like to chill out and crack open a beer!

Would you say you’re high main­te­nance? Me? Never! It ac­tu­ally only takes me 10 min­utes (most of the time) to get ready for a night out. A quick shower, blow dry my hair and then some foun­da­tion, and I am good to go.

You seem like you take care of your ap­pear­ance. Do you like to in­vest in de­cent beauty prod­ucts? I like to smother my face in Nivea face cream, it works but it’s re­ally cheap so that’s a bonus. Some­times I cover my face with so much cream that it’s com­pletely white and then I’ll an­swer the door to the post­man or some­thing be­cause I’ve for­got­ten I put it on! I would say mois­tur­is­ing and tak­ing my make-up off are the two main things I al­ways stick to.

With so much al­ready go­ing, where do you see your­self in the next few years? I hope my rise just con­tin­ues be­cause I know I’ve been re­ally lucky. I would love to even­tu­ally have a show like Satur­day Night Take­away but with a Ry­lan spin to it, hope­fully one day the public would love to see me host­ing some­thing like that!

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