Monday 16 August 2010, 11:44
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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