Greg James and Dotty discuss their new BBC music show Sounds Like Friday Night: "It needs to feel like a moment"

The presenters of the BBC's 'Top of the Pops successor' want to show a different side to some of your favourite artists.

The hosts of BBC One's new music show Sounds Like Friday Night have discussed the show's potential impact on the music industry.

BBC Radio 1's Official Chart Show host Greg James and BBC Radio 1xtra breakfast presenter Dotty are fronting the new primetime music show, hailed as a modern day successor to Top of the Pops. Speaking to Music Week, the pair believe that creating special moments outside of regular performances will be the key to making the show a success.

"So many things on TV have become quite samey. One of our key aims is to have re-watchability and shareability," explained Dotty. "Music can be so disposable and for it to work on TV, it needs to feel like a moment."

Greg continues: "In 2017, you can't just go. 'Hello, welcome to BBC One. Here's five artists, we'll see you in half an hour'. You need to see a different side to an artist. You need to create shareable stuff that lives beyond the show."

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The Head of BBC Music is in agreement with Greg: "People enjoy getting to know the artists. Adele embraced this concept [during sketches on Adele at the BBC] of having fun with the audience rather than just singing her songs. We want to translate some of that into a weekly show."

Fulwell 73 are the production company creating SLFN and know all about shareability - they are also the masterminds behind James Corden's successful The Late Late Show, which features Carpool Karaoke. 

"Carpool Karaoke is a great example of something that can live on outside of the show," said Dotty. "We could be three shows in and you've only just discovered something amazing that happened in show one. We want it to feel like that."

Sounds Like Friday Night kicks off on October 27 with Jason Derulo as a guest host and performer, while Charlie Puth and Jessie Ware will also take to the stage, and Dave Grohl will appear in a sketch. Liam Payne, Liam Gallagher and London Grammar are confirmed for week two, and Demi Lovato, Loyle Carner and Plan B will sing on show three.

The latest edition of Music Week magazine is out now. Sounds Like Friday Night begins its six-week run this Friday (October 27) at 7:30pm on BBC One.