Exclusive: Sarah-Jane Crawford: "Nick Grimshaw's a different choice but a good one"

Published Monday, Jun 29 2015, 16:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
DJ and former Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford has said new X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw is a "different but good choice".

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Radio 1 DJ Nick would be joining the ITV panel show alongside fellow newbie Rita Ora. They join Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and head judge Simon Cowell on the panel.

Nick Grimshaw, Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini: X Factor judges picture 2015

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Nick Grimshaw with Cheryl and Rita after X Factor announcement.

To some, Nick's appointment as a judge was a strange choice because he is not a musician. However, Sarah, who hosted The Xtra Factor last year, says Nick is well suited to the role more than people may think.

"It was a different choice but a good one," Sarah tells Reveal. "If a popstar can make a call, why can't a DJ?

"I think us radio DJs, we know what we're doing when it comes to new talent because we do a lot of A&R that people don't see. I think Nick's a good choice because we are always interested in new music. We've got a postbox at Radio 1, which is massive and we get sent CDs and become mini A&Rs."

Sarah-Jane Crawford at the X Factor auditions in London, England - 20 June 2014


Sarah hosted last year's Xtra Factor.

Sarah, who is now on the search for the UK and Ireland's next presenter for E!, added: "We're all very much immersed in the industry in the same way. He'll being a different voice to it.

"It's better for people to be talking about it than not. I really wish him the best, he'll be so fun to watch.

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