An Interview With TV Presenter Alex Jones
What’s been your most challenging live hosting experience?
Hosting Friday night telly with Chris Evans... what bigger challenge is there?
How did you get into presenting?
I started out as a runner for an independent television company, and after many 'Bridget Jones' type episodes like locking Prince Charles in the toilet and losing Julian Lloyd Webber's very expensive cello, I was asked whether I would prefer to be on screen. One screen test later and the rest is history. In 2010, I had the phone call that would change things forever. The One Show came calling, and I haven't looked back since.
Which event has been your favourite, and why?
I think my favourite event to date was a City and Guilds dinner which I hosted in the Roundhouse in Camden. It was a big glitzy affair, that was geared towards giving the hard working students a good send off. However, the challenge for me on that particular night was striking a balance between reaching out to the younger people there, whilst bearing in mind that one-third of the room was made up of tutors of a completely different demographic. I joined them all for a drink later and had a very warm welcome which is always nice!
Why do you love being a host?
Because as a host you become part of giving all those people in the room one of the best nights of their year, and what bigger compliment? I enjoy the challenge of tapping into the crowd's humour and hopefully helping to create a memorable and special night. On a personal note, I also really enjoy the opportunity to get out and meet different people and doing something that's completely different to hosting a television show.
If you could host any event, past or future, what would it be?
I would have loved to have hosted the Brit Awards back in the day, mainly because Chris Evans told me that you got an absolutely superb goody bag for doing so!! The dream now would be to host the Oscars….the ultimate award ceremony that requires the ultimate professionalism, where you can have a good close up view of all the stars to see who's had 'work' done, and a good look at all the lovely dresses!! Heaven!
Who would you most like to share a platform with?
I'm pretty easy going so I'm willing to share duties with anyone, but in a dream scenario, somebody like Bradley Cooper might be nice... (I'm sure he'd look lovely in a tux) but equally, I'd be quite happy with a comic. Rob Brydon or Rhod Gilbert are good, solid Welsh boys that I'm sure would make for a brilliant partner.
What’s your favourite way to spend a Sunday?
Breakfast in bed, a long walk, a read of the papers, lunch with family or friends with a nice glass of red wine, cheese toasties and Downtown!
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