Life doesn't get any better than spending time with Times Red


To make a long story short, I’m in love with Times Red.

And when I last left you, my editor had asked if I would interview them (she had to stop mid-sentence because I was jumping up and down).

Alas it wasn’t meant to be, because Times Red ended up getting stuck doing more filming for The X Factor.

Naturally, I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest.

But the next day, karma must’ve been smiling at me.

I was informed that, instead of a straight-forward interview, Times Red were inviting me to join them on an open-top double decker bus that was driving them around central London to help them win the wild card spot on this Saturday’s X Factor. *faints and drops to floor*

When I finally came to, my feet couldn’t carry me faster to the Corinthia Hotel, home of this year’s X Factor contestants.

There, I saw almost all of the final 12 – Carolynne Poole was chilling with Kye Sones in the lobby, Rylan Clark and James Arthur were busy greeting fans outside and District 3 (formerly GMD3) were hollering at the crowd below from their hotel room window.

Suddenly, there they were – Scott Ritchie, Staz Nair and Luke White, posing and joking around while the paparazzi snapped furiously away. Time slowed to a syrupy blur.

The double decker bus took Times Red and I past Piccadilly Circus, up Regent Street and onto Oxford Street. And since life was nice and dreamlike, I took the time to commit every minute detail to memory, cos let’s be honest – this wasn’t happening again!

My plan of trying to stay calm and cool clearly wasn’t working though – and I think they noticed. Staz asked Luke and Scott for the voting number so he could write it on a poster to wave to the crowds but before he could say anything I interjected with a really fast ‘09020505120*’. *red face*

Scott Ritchie‘s still the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen in my life and, after seeing him in the flesh, my feelings for him have magnified exponentially into the purest form of love there can be.

I also discovered that one look into Staz Nair‘s copper eyes is hazardous. I swear they stole part of my soul that afternoon, and if you look at them closely this Saturday night, you might be able to see a reflection of my trapped self swimming in his bottomless irises.

Sincere apologies to Luke White – he’d read my blog (actually I was chuffed to bits that all three of them had seen it) and wasn’t too happy that he came third in my books.

Well I can safely say that after spending time with him, Luke White still comes out number three BUT I’d choose him over any other guy in The X Factor by far – after Scott Ritchie and Staz Nair, that is.

I think the thing that got me is when Luke said that the older he got, the less he cared about a girl’s looks, cos it was more important if she could make him laugh. I’d set him up with my single and funny girlfriends any day.

My favourite part was hearing Times Red sing live. They really are talented, especially when you’re mere centimetres away from them.

No boy band has ever had the power to make me cry until Times Red. I had to breathe deeply to stop the tears from springing from my eyes.

All in all, it was definitely one of the highlights of my Now career. At the end, we posed for a picture (not the one I had originally planned, but we were on the top of a bus) and you can probably tell I am having an out of body experience.

Just before I left, Scott Ritchie gave me a genuine big hug. It only lasted two seconds, but in my euphoric state it felt like world peace.

So I beg you – PLEASE VOTE FOR TIMES RED by calling 09020505120*.

X Factor 2012 needs them. #ineedthemmore

*Mobile & BT landline votes cost 35p.  Other landlines may vary. Voting closes at midday on Saturday 6th October 2012. Votes cast after the closing time will not be counted but may still be charged. For terms and conditions, click here

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