Party will be Brit of a riot, sense Emma and Dermot
THE Brits hosts Dermot O’Leary and Emma Willis insist there’s no need for any performers to make dramatic entrances at tonight’s show — because the VIP audience will be too hammered to notice.
The duo explained they expected to see ‘carnage’ on the floor — not the stage — in an exclusive backstage chat with Guilty Pleasures hours before the show kicked off.
‘You have to embrace the carnage,’ said Willis, 40, who expects music biz suits to be so drunk by the time the show goes on air it won’t be worth trying to drown out the mayhem.
‘It’s part of the reason everyone loves the Brits,’ added O’Leary 43. ‘The Grammys is a dry room, whereas the Brits… you get here at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and you’re only vaguely aware it goes on TV at all.
‘And you want those moments,’ he added. ‘You don’t want to tell people to stop being rowdy — it’s why they’re here.’ The event has witnessed many moments of chaos over the years, including Jarvis Cocker invading the stage as Michael Jackson performed, Chumba-wumba pouring a bucket of water over John Prescott, and Adele giving the middle finger when her acceptance speech was cut short. But can we expect more of the same from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars?
‘Those moments… you can’t try and produce them,’ said O’Leary. ‘You just hope it doesn’t happen on your watch.’
■ ED SHEERAN will keep the musical treats coming at the Brits tonight after letting slip he will debut a brand new tune at London’s O2 Arena — and he’ll perform a track with a special guest.
And in an added bonus, the Shape Of You singer, 26, told fans he’ll be ‘dropping’ two new things on Friday. ‘One gets debuted at the Brits, which nobody is expecting. I’ve managed to keep it secret until now, which is good. I think it’ll be decent,’ Ed teased in a Radio 1 interview.
Author: Andrei Harmsworth