It's 4am. It's 4am! IT'S 4AM!!! Why am I still working. What was supposed to be a wrap party turned out to be some sort of 'Gathering' made up from the following ingredients - 8 men talking about men things (again), Scott and Laura retiring to bed at 1am, a bi-sexual horse lover wondering why he didn't win One Night With Laura, a Scottish star soap receiving too much attention from the tour manager, a website snooper unable to put his laptop down and a One Night With Laura winner falling asleep on the toilet for 2 hours. What happened to the big night out... did our pleas to the people of Glasgow to show us a good time really fall on deaf ears? We would have even settled for the karaoke at this late stage.
Fed up of staring at the back of my laptop Will and Roachy head of to bed leaving a One Night With Laura winner without any underpants, sleeping on the sofa in the bar. I retire to my room to try and make their video work - I've been at it all night and it's beginning to really bug me. I know the fix is easy but in this frame of mind I can hardly see the 'Off' button on my laptop let alone pick my way through html code. If I had the strength or the rock 'n' roll spirit I'd throw my laptop through the window... but I don't have either and elect to call my sick boss at an unreasonable hour to tell him I've had enough and he can fix it. He does. Within seconds. See, I told you it would be something simple...
That's it... My work here is done. Apart from a 7 hour train journey back to Manchester One Night With Laura is over for me. And what a pleasure it's been. I'm sure that sometime in the future I'll look back fondly at this week but for now I just need to be thinking about something else other than 'Laura' god bless her. Having worked for Radio 1 for 10 years, and in that time covered 5 Miamis, 9 Ibizas, 5 Big Weekends, Live8 and numerous other events starring the biggest stars in the world... this has been the best thing I've ever worked on. The OB team were amazing, the interactive content was at its best, and the on-air output hilarious and edited together so well you'd never have thought most of it was done on the back of a bus. But what I loved most about One Night With Laura was the simplicity of the idea. We do have big ideas at Radio 1 and do work with the biggest stars in the world... It's what we do and do very well. But it's so rewarding to see a producer like Emlyn and a team consisting of Scott, Chappers and of course the lovely Laura come up with a basic idea that can capture the imagination of British public in the way it has. There were no stars and no egos. I did wonder on day 1 when Scott made his own way to Southampton if he would ever sleep on the bus... he slept every night and loved it as much as one could love sleeping in a moving coffin with lots of smelly people. Hands up all Radio 1 DJs if you'd have done that. Very few takers I'd imagine.
Make sure you listen next week to all finalists battle it out for one Night With Laura with Scott in for Chris on the Breakfast Show.