Barney teams up with Tim Minchin to write a comical song all about the people and programmes on CBBC. Helen goes behind the scenes to meet The Miz at the WWE show at the MEN Arena.
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Guess what, Blue Peter viewers? I'm back. So don't change the channel.
If you do, you will make me mad. You don't want to make me mad. Keep
watching CBBC because I'm on Hello! Hello. We know that loads of
you have been tuned into the various talent shows on TV at the
minute. More than 12 million of you watched last Sunday's eviction show
on the X Factor. We thought with the X Factor final being around the
corner, we'd get one guest in who knows all about the pressures of
being in the final. He won it last year. Here he is in action. Matt
Cardle's dream of becoming a successful musician became a
reality when he shot to fame on last year's X Factor. Over 19
million viewers watched him being crowned as the 2010 winner. Since
then, he's been writing and recording his debut album, had over
one million single sales and worked with some of the best names in the
business like Gary Barlow. His new single Starlight is released in
December and he's planning his first headline UK tour early next
year. Let's go crazy for Matt Cardle!
Come on in, Matt. Are you well, babe? Yes, very good. How you doing,
mate? As this is your first time on Blue Peter, we'd like to give you a
Blue Peter badge. Yay. Pop that on now. Left for the boys, right for
the girls. It's almost a year since you won The X Factor. How different
is your life? Well, I've got a Blue Peter badge for a start. Pretty
damn different. Amazing, great to be taken seriously vocally and
writing-wise, you know. Can you explain what you have been doing
because obviously you are on our screens all the time but you have
the backstage bit as well where you are in the studio writing and
producing and that kind of stuff? Yes, I've been doing it since I was
in my early teens so that's not very alien to me, but the whole TV
side of it and everything else is a bit freaky at times. How cool is it
to record a video for your latest video Starlight? Brilliant fun.
APPLAUSE It's a classic, isn't it, the smoke,
the camera that pans away, all pretty magical. The rock star
moment. You must have had fun doing that? Wicked fun. It rolled on to
the early hours, we were surrounded by models making me look bad, but
it was good. Do you get a copy of that? I don't have one, I have to
ask for one. I'd want one and watch it all the time. You are an X
Factor pro. We wanted to make the most of your knowledge. Please
follow me. Do you watch The X Factor? Of course I do. It must be
weird once you are in it, I bet you would be thinking, I wouldn't have
done it like that? No, I have to watch it. These are the remaining
acts. You can give them a thumbs up, thumbs down or undecided OK.
sideways thumb. Tulisa's remaining act, the band Little Mix. Thumbs up.
They're really, really sweet girls, all of them, met them a couple of
times. They do well every week. went back a couple of weeks ago.
Was it weird? Like going back to school after you've done your GCSEs.
What about her? A couple of thumbs up, please, I've had my money on
her for a long time. We do like her. She's a sweetheart. Mica B?
going to be nice to everyone obviously. She smashes it every
week. You are among friends, you don't have to be nice to all of
them, be honest. OK. Janet? She's great but I'll go a jaunty ALL:
Boo... Not that keen. Great but not your favourite. Marcus? Wicked.
Look at him. So Smiley. Yay. What about Craig? I have to do one, I'm
not 100% on Craig. Not because he's a guy or anything. Undecided?
can't all be thumbs up. Stkpwh your favourite is Amelia? Yes. You think
she's going to do it? I hope that she will. I had my money on her
from the start. You heard it straight from the horse's mouth.
Matt Cardle, they were your X Factor stats. Thank you very much.
Thank you! Stick around because we are going to make the most of your
creative talents, you are going to be making a Christmas card with
Barney. Amazing. First, at school, you read a book, but they don't
always stay as books, sometimes they're films or musicals, like the
Wizard of Oz or the Lion King. Matilda is a magical story and I
went to meet the guy behind it and set him a little BP challenge.
The story of Matilda, the girl that can move things with her mind, is
one of Roald Dahl's best-loved books. It was made into a film and
has been turned into a brand-new musical that's now on in the West
End. When the Royal Shakespeare Company needed somebody to write
the lyrics and the music, they needed a composer. They needed a
song writer. And they need add comedian. Only one man for that job.
Tim Minchin. # When I grow up, # When I grow up... # He's been
writing songs since his teens. I'm a massive fan. Today, we are going
to join forces to write a song together. But before that, up to
know just how you turn a story into a musical. Well, the first thing
was that someone had to take the book and turn it into a script. I
didn't have that responsibility, but the script had, you know,
dialogue, dialogue, dialogue, she says this, he says that, song
question mark, then dialogue dialogue, question mark, song. You
try and find a line that becomes the root of the song. Sometimes
when you hear a phrase, it comes into your head, if not with the
finished tune, you get a rhythm or a pitch and it sits there and sits
there, then you build outwards from We wondered if you might be able to
help us write a song for CBBC? hard can that be?! Tim is famous
for ber postmorteming barefoot on stage, so we slip our shoes and
socks off and head to the piano -- for performing without shows and
socks on. I gave him the CBBC story. It's a one-stop entertainment place,
you can get loads of different types of shows, presented by
different characters. That's Helen. That's me. Dick and Dom,
they'reical cool characters. If it was Dick and Dom, I'd just go like
this, because they're obviously idiots. This is Hacker, a TV legend.
Sam and Mark. TV pop stars. They were, yes. Tracy Beaker. Hotel
Trubble. Steve Backshall. He was bitten by a Cayman. Too much stuff.
We can write a song about the programmes on CBBC and just list
them, but we need to find an idea and I think these hounds are pretty
funny. We can talk about the other people bitterly. There's comedy in
that. So go away cameras, we can't work under this pressure. We have
got the idea for the lyrics and bitter Hack -- a bit of Hacker who
wants to take over CBBC. We'll have a verse and a chorus, a second
verse and a chorus, a middle eight, you have that in pop and jazz songs
where you establish the idea of the song and then it goes somewhere
else for a while and then the best thing about that in pop music is
when it comes back and you go, yeah, We could take turns on the two
lines... OK. Guess what is going to happen between the second last and
last chorus. There's going to be... A key change. If we were westlife,
we'd stand up on the stools. We can to the cabaret lounge. Tim's
written the song, I put a word in. You did a lot. It was a genuine
collaboration. I came up with the title. It was good working with you.
The title is, it's hard to be Hacker. It's show time. # I love
being top dog on CBBC # Now there are really super things
about being me # It's great being a celebrity
canine # But the trouble is, my choices
ain't mine # # I know to you I shine like a
star # Cameras follow me wherever I are
You are?! # But inside I feel I'm serving a
sentence # I'm in the slammer
# I have no independence, yeah, yeah
# It's hard being Hacker. # Just once I wanna be the one to
take the lead # But the only shot I got
# Was a flea shot in the butt # A little self-control is all I
need # I swear I could do better pranks
than Barney # I didn't write that!
# And fight bigger snakes than Steve and the army
# Tracy Beaker is a brat but I would be bratter
# The real star is Hacker # What's the matter with you
idiots? # Yeah, it's hard being Hacker
# I wanna write the scripts and call the shots
# But the only shot I got # Was a flea shot in the butt
# A little self-control is all I need
# But I was just a puppy # I thought when I was older
# I'd shed my baby fur and I'd shed this horrid collar
# But every time I tried to have my day I'd have a dollar
# I'd have 27 dollars and 5p # It really isn't easy being me
# It's so hard, hard, hard, hard, being Hacker
# The only shot I got was a flea shot in the butt
# Don't even talk to me about ratings
# It's hard being Hacker # I just need a break and baby I
will shine # Shine, shine
# Just one dog gone day of freedom would be fine
# One day of I'll make this channel mine
APPLAUSE What a legend Tim is, I love that
man! That was brilliant. Good fun. You
can see that on the website if you want to watch it again, I certainly
will be. Watch this space, the new Blue Peter Christmas single. How
many days until Christmas? 41. need to know how to make your own
cards in a very clever feature we've called...
Matt Cardle's Christmas Cardle. touch of genius that, don't you
think, Christmas Card-le. Take a look at these designs, here. The
back-to-front Blue Peter Christmas cards. You can make them yourself
with things lying around the house and also in good craft shops near
you. A piece of A4 card, very you. A piece of A4 card, very
simple, just like that. Fold it in half, horizontally so it's this way
up. There are some marks on there already. These have been put on
here by our top team who've worked out the optimum dottage for the
perfect triangle for a Christmas tree. The measurements are as
follows, from the top to this bit here is 4 centimetres and you go
from the bottom up. Seven centimetres. Then you find the six
on the ruler. Find a straight line and go from 0-12, six centimetres
either side. Join the dot to the line from top to the side and what
you are doing here is making a bigotry angle and this is the
Christmas tree. How you getting on? -- by triangle. You have done this
for years? I started yesterday! This is an important part of the
card-making process because this folds later. You can use the blunt
end of a paperclip, scissors or a craft knife, but it's safer with
this. Score it down the line from the top of the point to the bottom
of the point like that. Matt, you have got a good scoring action
there? Not sure if I'm doing it hard enough. Stkpwh quite hard so
we can fold it later, we don't want the card to rip. Fold the card in
half again so you can still see half the triangle on the outside
like that. Now we need to make the branches using a roll of tape.
Quite a few rolls actually, a small one to start off with, draw round
like that and do the same again. Once you get further down, take a
big Errol of tape or a mug or saucer, anything that's got that
round bottom. Just like that. How are you getting
on? Done it. There we go. So you were recording an album, now you
are making in Blue Peter, things don't get much better. Now cut your
branches. Cut two separate lines then pull out the bit you have cut
so it leaves a gap. That is us culting out our branches. All the
way down the tree and you will end up - here is one someone else made
earlier - you will end up with that. You have got the pot at the bottom,
the star at the top. Then you put your fingers underneath and push
the Christmas tree through like that. So that when you open your
card,, and you've folded it over, there you go, a back-to-front
Christmas 3D kartd. Just design and decorate now. -- card. Any ideas?
Some stars. You don't have to draw, you can put stickers on, or you can
draw presents at the bottom. I ripped my bow off on that within.
That's the pony and that's my games console. You can use a green felt
pen as well because trees are green. It depends who you are sending it
to. You can personalise it and put some baking on there like my
grandma does, or to your brother, a big pile of something that smells.
All the details are on the website. Find out everything you noo Ed to
know there to design your own card -- everything you need to know. Did
you send a card to Simon Cowell? Not yet. He'll love it. Send that.
From creative chaps to an entirely different breed of men. When the
WWE men came to Manchester, I went the see our wrestling superstar.
the see our wrestling superstar. He's awesome, he's the Miz. This is
the definition of an electric atmosphere. It's intense. This's a
12,000 strong crowd here want to see the sporting entertainment
phenomenon which is on tour here in the UK. It's WWE and it's watched
in over 145 countries. Incredibly in over half a billion homes too.
To keep that many people watching, it has to be fast, fun and furious.
I'm here at the Manchester MEN Arena to support one superstar in
The Miz is no stranger to Blue Peter. He's been on to Trash talk.
The reason people are watching Blue Peter right now... He's helped me
with a make. Get on with it... Don't you boss me around, I'm a WWE
superstar, I boss people around. Here, missy. He's boasted about his
badge on international TV. I got a Blue Peter badge, that's like
having a key to the city. And he's told us how awesome he is. Awesome!
Three hours before the show, I go backstage to find out what the Miz
does to prepare for his performance in front of thousands. Well, look
who it is. You missed me that much, did you? My Assistant didn't make
us today. I need someone to fill in. I have a contract and it says I get
certain things before a show. on, so like a pop star, like your
Lady Gaga and reHannah, you have a list of things that you insist
being at the venue? Yes and if it's not there, I won't do it. If my
Assistant isn't there, I haven't got one, you are the next best
thing. What do I need to provide? First thing's first. I need my
action figure of myself. I want to picture of myself too. I need a
mirror. To check myself out. You look this good, you want to see it
every day. I want my fan mail and yes, I have a lot of it. One more
thing, I'm missing something, right, here. I've given you a badge before.
What happened to the one last time? It's in America. Aisle go get the
stuff. You have got 15 minutes, tick tock, Helen, 15 minutes!
turned me into his personal Assistant already.
I'm here. You just made it, it's 1.59. Let's see what you got I got
the mirror. This is the biggest one. No blue or black?! Let's put that
up right there. There's your badge? Nour got going to put it on for me.
One viewer says I think you are awesome I know, that's why I say it
every day. How does it feel to go out and entertain millions? There
is no feeling like it. Before I go out, I am a nervous wreck, I am
shaking, I'm talking to myself, I've no idea what to do, but once I
enter the arena and hear the crowd either boo or cheer me, there's no
sensation like it and all the nerves go. The Miz's body has to
look impressive on stage so a pre- performance Miz workout is
essential. Can I see what you do in a session? I think I'm going to
live to regret this. You will. works out anywhere he can on tour,
often backstage. We are out there to get big, to get huge, to
entertain the fans. Go down slow and then up again. OK. We'll do
some hinder squats. Go down, go up. Go down, go up. I can imagine my
mum doing that as part of her workout. Your mom could do this,
you couldn't do 100 of those. Sounds like a challenge, I'll show
him. I'll give you 104. You are so good. I don't know why I said 104.
I don't know why four more means better. It's the secret for
increasing strength and improving balance.
I'm on 65. My legs are starting to hurt but I will keep going. 108,
109, 110. Good job. This gets me into the mode of what am I going to
do in my match, how do I want to present it, how do I want to be,
you know. What are you thinking about? The
audience, your opponent or yourself? Say for instance if the
crowd is absolutely just silent when I walk out, that's the biggest
fear for a WWE superstar. If they are silent, I have to figure out a
way to get them into my match because I want them to come to see
me and nobody else. OK, it's only an hour until show
time and I know you need to get in the zone, I respect that. Thank you
very much. You are going to have an amazing time and I want you to have
an amazing time in the front row with one of these. Yes! I'm awesome
now too. Exactly. You can be as awesome as The Miz. He's getting
into his skimpy pants, I have my T- shirt, my baern. I want to see
who's supporting the Miz as he takes on his opponent. -- my banner.
Why are you not supporting the Miz? He's rubbish. What is good about
the opponent? He never gives up. The Miz is all right? Yeah.
supporting the Miz, is that all right? Boo. With that kind of
support, he cannot fail. Awesome! It's show time! Love him
or hate him, the Miz's job is to entertain and he certainly does
In the past, I've always written off the Miz and thought he was a
bit giddy and daft but today I've learned he's an athlete, a
performer, and do you know, I think I do love the Miz.
Come on, boys, this is the chance to prove you are men, not boys. How
many? Four. Three. 109. Yes, right, whatever. You keep working. Matt
thank you for coming in and making a card with us. That's it for us
today. Join us next week. We are having a pet-tastic animal show.
know you have missed them, but don't worry because Socks and cook
yi are back next week. Make surer here to say hello to them.
goodbye to you for a while, he's heading off to dust off his tights
Barney teams up with legendary songwriter Tim Minchin, the writer of Matilda The Musical Story, to write a comical song all about the people and programmes on CBBC. Plus, Helen goes behind the scenes to meet famous American wrestler The Miz at the WWE show in the MEN Arena.