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School Report: Teens celebrated at Radio 1 show

School Reporter Toni interviews Eastenders actors Matt Lapinskas and Tony Discipline
School Reporter Toni grabs Eastenders stars Matt Lapinskas and Tony Discipline for a chat on the red carpet

By Toni and Pritham
School Reporters from Alperton High School, Wembley

Today we joined other reporters on the red carpet for the Radio 1 Teen Awards at Wembley Arena.

It was the second time Radio 1 have done a special concert to celebrate teenagers so we were really excited to go along.

We arrived with all the other press people at the box office entrance to get our passes and Jason, one of the publicists, showed us to our position on the red carpet.

There were lots of photographers and some TV cameras. We were at the end of the line so the last reporters the stars spoke to before they went in.

There were already loads of girls with banners and cameras waiting and cheering the other side of the red carpet. The teenagers were pretty hyped up about this event.

As everything was running a bit late we went and spoke to some of them to practise asking some of the questions we had prepared. Ashley, Freya, Sasha and Ellie told us they were "really excited about everything"!

Then the screams got louder and we knew people had started arriving on red carpet - time to begin our interviews!

It feels really great just to be asked to do an event like this, especially as last year I listened to it!
Singer Ed Sheeran

It was a bit scary at first but once we did the first one we warmed-up.

It probably helped that our first interviewees were even more nervous than us as they were extra special guests on the red carpet - the Teen Hero Award winners Pippa, Alec and Charlie.

They had been picked out of hundreds of nominees for their courage and support for others and for being inspirational. We were amazed to hear that Charlie, for instance, had saved a six-year-old girl from drowning.

We asked them about why they were nominated and who they were most excited about in the concert line-up. Pippa was particularly excited about Ed Sheeran singing!

Next up on the red carpet was the presenters of the live show - Molly from The Saturdays and presenter Nick Grimshaw. They said they thought the Teen Hero Award winners were all inspirational.

The time flew by but we managed to put questions to Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton, rapper Tinchy Stryder, the actors who play the Moon brothers in Eastenders and singer Jason Derulo who told us he was going to be opening the show.

Singer Cher Lloyd told us she was "quite nervous actually, quite nervous but really looking forward to it!"

New singer-songwriter sensation Ed Sheeran got a lot of screams as he made his way in. We managed to catch him and ask how he felt being involved in the Teen Awards.

He said: "It feels really great just to be asked to do an event like this, especially as last year I listened to it so I didn't expect to be at it!".

Pritham interviews Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates
Radio 1 DJ Reggie Yates talks to Pritham

Joe Jonas was one of our favourite interviewees as he was quite talkative. He told us about how he feels going solo.

And Rizzie Kicks were great even though we could hardly hear them over all the screaming girls! They described it as "manic and insane!".

Radio 1 presenter Reggie Yates said he was looking forward to it and that he thought "it is about time we honour some of the teens in this country".

The atmosphere was wild, lots of people screaming and it was good to see that all the celebrities were happy to talk to us!

So then once our red carpet reporting was done we headed back into the Box Office to collect our press tickets. did a quick change of our tops so no more school jumpers and went to find our seats to see the show!

We were surprised to see there were so few adults. It made it feel like it really was a concert aimed at teenagers.

Pritham particularly noticed that he was in the minority as it seemed there was one boy to every 200 girls in the crowd!

Jason Derulo opened the concert like he told us and the screams just continued from there until then end.

Everyone was waving banners and cameras were flashing and the noise was insane when One Direction came on to perform for the first time properly since X-Factor.

Lots of different music styles were included and all the stars gave really energetic performances and when the Teen Heroes got their awards the mood changed. They were very noble, especially Charlie who was the last to receive his from Vernon Kay and Rizzie Kicks.

It was a mind-blowing experience, both doing the interviewing and then seeing the show. It was a great way to celebrate teenagers.

Toni summed it up as "the best Sunday ever!"

  • You can see highlights of the R1 Teen Awards on the BBC Red Button service from 1800 BST on Monday 10 October.

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