The One Show: The nerves are building after a whirlwind few weeks

Monday 16 August 2010, 11:44

Alex Jones Alex Jones Presenter

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I'll be honest with you, The One Show has been a whirlwind because I've only known for three weeks that I've had the job and everything has happened in the space of about four and a half weeks.

I feel like I've been in some sort of film - I got the call and literally within hours my whole life changed.

Alex Jones with Jason Manford behind her on the One Show sofa

I've sort of been going from one interview to the next to having a hair cut, to having some new clothes, to going into The One Show to meet the team. I mean, it's the same as anyone who starts a brand new job - there's a lot to take in!

Of course the first show is going out at seven in the evening on Monday and I think Jason Manford and I have got to the point now where reality's kicking in. We are feeling a little bit nervous but we've had loads of rehearsals. So I think that'll really help to make us feel settled because, of course, we haven't been back to the sofa since the screen-test.

We've watched Gabby Logan and Matt Baker who've done a fantastic job filling in for us. We've watched them do live shows but of course it's completely different when you're sat there yourself.

We've done what they call 'dry-runs' where we'll be running the programme to time. They get some researchers from the office to sit in as the experts who'll be there on Monday and we watch the films that are going into Monday's programme.

They'll run these time a few times - a dress rehearsal, make-up, and everything. But I don't think anything can prepare you really for when the red light goes on come Monday.

I think we'll settle in and I'm quite looking forward to the beginning of September, where we've done a few weeks and know the routine.

Starting a new job is difficult anyway. There's new people and a new way of doing things, so I think it'll be nice a few weeks in when everybody can breathe a bit.

I suppose my ideal line-up would be Take That. With Robbie, of course. Not half a job now. All of them back together.

The good thing is, it's quite a small sofa, and it's already Jason and I, so with another five that'd be seven, so we'd all have to sit really close together to make them all fit on.

Alex Jones in The One Show studio

Since going in for the first interview and the screen test we've met different members of the team - they're all just absolutely lovely. I'm sure everybody says that about the office that they work in but it's a really lovely team of people and that's the one thing I don't feel nervous about.

It is strange because when I've spent over ten years presenting through a medium of a different language, Welsh.

Jason's already sort of picking the odd word up and he's been texting me in Welsh, which I think is really impressive. I think we'll stick to English though, so everyone knows what we're saying, but there may be the odd word chucked in.

You train your brain - because it's such a complicated language which has got really complicated words and mutations. Nothing's happened so far but I'm sure there will be. I'll be like, "Shw mae Whoopi Goldberg, oops, I mean how are you!" It'll add to the charm!

I don't think I'll be relaxing too much after the first show because there's still Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to go!

But after the first week it will be nice to see my friends and family. Hopefully everything will have gone brilliantly and I can have a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc to end the week with.

Alex Jones is the co-presenter of The One Show.

You can read more on Alex's thoughts on starting at The One Show in an interview with the BBC Wales Arts blog.

The One Show is on weekdays at 7pm on BBC One and BBC HD. To find out when the next episode is please visit the show's upcoming episodes page.

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    Comment number 1.

    I've only ever watched a few minutes of The One Show with the old team. But I'm definitely going to tune in tonight, fresh presenting team, fresh focus. Good luck to Alex and Jason.

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    Comment number 2.

    I can't wait. Got to be better than Grumpy Chiles!!
    Five minutes to go....:)

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    Comment number 3.

    Already a fresher feel to the show! Good luck Jason and Alex... like the younger better looking siblings of the previous owners of the sofa!

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    Comment number 4.

    Hello Host Ryan et al.

    Wow! Just stumbled upon this page as I visited the site for the first time poper since the blogs ended on 25 March. Just like old times...

    I'm watching the new pairing with interest to see how things will be... they have a hard act to follow after the recent excellent pairing: Gabby Logan & Matt Baker were excellent, and Louise Minchin was tremendous during both her stints.

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    Comment number 5.

    I thought you were both great on tonites show but i would have liked to have seen more time spent on your interviewing Whoopi Goldberg, as she is an actress with so many great films behind her. (As Jason said on Chris Evans today, he watched three of her films last night!!) There were too many features on tonites show, it was a waste of a great guest. But you made a good first impression!

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    Comment number 6.

    A much improved show, much prefer the new presenters to miserable Chiles and smarmy Bleakley!
    Just wondering if you will continue to do the Jonathan show and Bwrw’r Bar Alex?
    Good Luck to Jason!
    Pwb lwc i Alex!

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    Comment number 7.

    Brilliant. Your first night was a tippy toppy event.
    Every success for a wonderful future. I'll be supporting you.

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    Comment number 8.

    Well done to the new pair. Excellent start and what a guest Whoopi was. Long may the pair reign.

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    Comment number 10.

    Fabulous first show Alex and Jason - "tidy job" - Great to share Welsh presenting talent and hear that accent Alex and you looked gorgeous. Well done and enjoy your well deserved success.

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    Comment number 11.

    It's a pity that the 'clone' has such an annoying voice but I suppose it will grow on us.

    Things could be worse, we could have Mylene back...

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    Comment number 12.

    Funny old thing user welshchick slates Adrian & Christine, that would be an unbiased view then would it?

    The pairing doesn't work for me, Jason is a mediocre stand up comedian and Alex is just a clone of Christine with an exceptionally irratating voice. People used to moan about smiley happy Christine, well this new girl is making a BIG attempt to impersonate her. I'm afraid The One Show for me has just died a death. Matt Baker & Gaby Logan would have been a much better choice. Don't think I could be bothered listening to that droning welsh accent every evening.

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    Comment number 13.

    Llongyfarchiadau Alex, pleser gweld gwyneb newydd ar y 'One Show' a enwedig gwyneb o ardal Rhydamman.
    This is a Welsh congratulatory message to Alex on her 1st 'One Show'.
    So nice to see a Welsh person presenting. Well we do it so well, look at Huw Edwards, Sian Williams, John Humphrys the list is endless.

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    Comment number 15.

    I am an avid One Show fan, watching it since its' inception. Congratulations on your first show, it was fab. Keep up the great work!

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    Comment number 16.

    It was an ok performance Jason done a better job than Alex she looked liked a rabbit caught in the headlights I don't feel there is a real connection between them sorry ! what annoys me though is that Alex stated in an interview that she thought the BBC were brave for choosing a regional presenter ummm sorry but was Christine not "regional" ??? I know it's early days for this duo & I have been a huge One Show fan from start but so far it aint doing it for me Jason might keep pulling it off, Alex not getting her at all sorry ....

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    Comment number 17.

    Why Alex, the stand in was far better, if he is to say he will have to improve, we need better quality presentation.
    I assume that when the program goes North he is the only one available.

    Alan R

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    Comment number 18.

    The first show was great! I love your hair style Alex! Good luck.

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    Comment number 19.

    What a load of rubbish some people talk. Alex has a nice voice unlike the rough Northern Irish voice of previous female presenter. Jason was o.k. but only time will tell if the pairing works. It took time with previous 2.

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    Comment number 20.

    Congratulations !
    Well done. I really enjoyed the show, Jason and Alex are going to be great. Keep going. You've both got a whole lot of support and well wishers watching.


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