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Fearne excited about Pops return

Top of the Pops is coming back in December with two specials lined-up for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Fearne Cotton will present the programmes alongside co-host Reggie Yates.

TOTP ran for 42 years before being scrapped in 2006 but Simon Cowell recently said he would be interested in bringing the show back.

Newsbeat caught up with Fearne to ask her what she thought about the show's festive return.

Fearne Cotton
Fearne thinks TOTP could keep coming back with one-off specials

What is your reaction to the news?

I am over the moon. It's all very unexpected and TOTP is something that I really enjoyed being involved with before. To hear that we're going to do two specials around Christmas time is going to be amazing. I cannot wait to get back in that studio.

How are they going to be different?

Well, the Christmas Day one we're going to be really concentrating on who the Christmas number one is and building up to that excitement. That was something I always watched as a kid and wanted to know who'd got the Christmas number one. So that's going to be very festive.

The New Year show is going to be taking a look back at the music moments of the year and all the big hits and summarising the whole year in music. It's going to be a real celebratory show of the whole year.

Do you know anyone who's going to be on it yet?

No, because everything's in such an early stage still I haven't got a clue. It's all top secret and there aren't even any rumours floating about right now.

I think for both shows it'll be all the biggest bands of the year who've had either really big musical moments or number one hits and stuff. I think there are going to be some really great acts on the show.

Will it be recorded beforehand?

We're going to pre-record both of them because I don't think any of the bands want to work on Christmas Day and do it live. So both shows will be pre-recorded beforehand, but very close to Christmas itself. It's going to be very festive. Get the mulled wine out!

Do you think this is a result of the pressure in the press and Simon Cowell saying he was thinking of buying TOTP?

Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates
Reggie Yates will co-host the shows

I don't know. I think the BBC has always wanted to hold on to TOTP, even when it ended after 40 years. I don't think anyone really wanted to say goodbye to it. I think if we can keep it in this kind of form, doing specials every now and again or Christmas shows, it keeps the whole brand alive.

We haven't got to do it weekly. It can be a special one-off thing whenever the BBC sees fit. I don't necessarily think it was the pressure, I just think we've always wanted to do it. Once a year's good enough for me, I don't mind.

Do you think this might now mean there will be a campaign to bring TOTP back?

I think the people who have always loved TOTP are always going to want it to come back, but I don't think it will. The music industry is so different these days. The chart is so different. Reg (Yates) and I doing the chart show are both very aware of how it's changed over the years.

It's not such a big build up to number one anymore because you've got downloads. You know, the most random songs from an advert can get to the number one spot. It's less about bands releasing things and hoping they'll get to number one. It's more pot luck really.

I think because the chart's so different that TOTP in its old structure, counting down to get to Number One, doesn't seem as relevant anymore. But I think it really works as a special because it's just celebrating all the big music things of the year.

Fearne Cotton was talking to Newsbeat entertainment reporter Sarah Jane Griffiths.



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