At what age do children develop the tendency to hero-worship?
Because The Boy is there, and I can think of worse people in the world to hero-worship than Alex Winters from CBeebies. It started when we were invited to a Cardiff City football match which had him compering the backstage children's entertainment, it developed when we saw him at LolliBop last year, was further compounded when we snatched a quick hello at the celebration of Cardiff City reaching the Premier League last month, and culminated when he sent a birthday e-mail to The Boy last week.
Quite frankly, The Boy is not the only one to hero-worship him!
It takes a genuine and special kind of person to go to that much effort to make one little boy happy. That's why we're over the moon to be returning to the LolliBop children's festival this year as official LolliBop bloggers, where Alex will be returning to host all the action on the LolliLive stage at LolliBop 2013.
Last week, I posed one or two questions to the popular CBeebies presenter (or Mr. CBeebies as I call him) and here's the answer, along with one or two others from the other LolliBop bloggers.
- Hi Alex, how did you became involved with children's television? Also, do you have any intention of developing your own show as other presenters have, or do you prefer being the consistent face in the links?
My background is drama and theatre studies and I have always fancied being on children's television. I love being around kids and making them laugh so when I was told that CBeebies were publicly advertising for presenters, I thought I'd give it a go. My wife had a lot of belief in me and really encouraged me to go for it because I wasn't really sure that I would ever get such a job, after all I was just Alex from Cardiff. I'm sure everyone thinks that but here I am and loving it.
As for developing a show, I would love to do that. That's all down to the producers and the controller of the channel so we'll see!
- What are you most looking forward to about LolliBop?
As the returning compere of the LolliBop Main Stage, I cannot wait to get on there and entertain the crowds. The past two years have been so much fun and have made me laugh so much!! This year I'll be bringing new games, jokes, dances and daft fun so be prepared for more fun than ever!
- What was your favourite TV show when you were a kid?
Ooooh, tough question that as I remember being in love with so many. Here goes… Mr Ben, Button Moon, Jamie & The Magic Torch and Blue Peter. There are so many others I could mention too. PLAYSCHOOL of course!
- You're a dad and you bring your kids to Lolli what's your top tip?
My children LOVE coming to LolliBop. They ask me and their mum "How long is it until Lollibop" for 11 months of the year!!! My advice? Prepare to let your hair down. If you've got any! Join in and have fun, you won't regret it and your children will love you forever!
LolliBop this year takes place on August 16th, 17th & 18th in its new home; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
Ticket information is available here, hurry while Early Bird ticket prices are still available and have a fabulous day out with entertainment for everyone!