New Official Chart Show host Clara Amfo is ‘surprised at how nice everyone’s been’

Radio 1Xtra presenter expresses excitement for new gig at Radio 1

New BBC Radio 1 Official Chart Show host Clara Amfo has said that the response to her appointment at the station has been surprisingly positive.

“Everyone’s been really lovely, I’ve been quite surprised at how nice everyone’s been,” Amfo told NME. “We’re in the age where people can be assholes because of the internet so if they’re being nice to me I’m going to take the time to say thank you, so I’ve been tweeting a lot of people.”

The Radio 1Xra star said she’s keen to take over the reigns from the show’s current host, Jameela Jamil. “Getting a Number 1 is still a huge deal. Working in radio you can’t help but see all the little fan groups going against each other. I’m just really excited to see how they’re going to be during the show, like if they’re going to be live tweeting or counting down or winding each other up,” she said.

“One of my favourite things to do is going on music blogs and scrolling through the comments to see the way fan groups talk to each other. It’s hilarious but it’s also amazing because of that pattern, I just love it.”

Amfo added that there will always be a need for chart shows, especially now that streaming figures have been included in calculations. “I still genuinely believe there is a future for them because we’re always going to want to buy singles and we’re always going to want to invest in our favourite artists.”

Amfo, who joined 1Xtra last year as the host of the station’s Weekend Breakfast show, will take over the reins at Radio 1 from January 25, becoming the show’s second solo female presenter since it began in the ’60s as Pick Of The Pops.

In anticipation of her role, the presenter said she has been inspired by other female DJs such as Sarah Cox, Yasmin Evans, Gemma Cairney, and Vanessa Feltz. “I love Vanessa Feltz, I actually worship her. I was at the Radio Academy Hall of Fame awards, and Vanessa’s speech at the ceremony was fucking hilarious,” she said. “I was just looking at her thinking I’ve actually done nothing, like in an inspired way, like shit these are the levels.”

Meanwhile, Jameela Jamil, who has been hosting the Official Chart Show for two years, said that though she will remain part of the Radio 1 lineup of presenters, she has decided to leave the show to travel and work abroad. “I’ve always put it off due to the wonderful opportunities I have been afforded here, but a recent cancer scare jolted me to just do it, now, while I still can,” the DJ said.