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    7 of 13

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    Sat 20 Feb 2016
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    9.45pm - 10.45pm
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    Week 08 2016 : Sat 20 Feb - Fri 26 Feb
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    Mon 15 Feb 2016
RONAN KEATING speaks about his marriage, more kids and plans for an Irish supergroup
JOHANNA KONTA talks about beating Venus Williams and looks ahead to the French Open and Wimbledon as a new British tennis star
TAYLOR LAUTNER shows off his martial arts skills and gets taught British phrases by Jonathan
ROB BRYDON performs his impression of Wossy and speaks about working with Steve Coogan
Plus a music performance from Lukas Graham
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by singer, Ronan Keating; British tennis champion, Johanna Konta; US acting star, Taylor Lautner and Welsh funnyman, Rob Brydon. Danish soul pop band, Lukas Graham, also performed number one single, 7 Years, for the first time in the UK.
Irish popstar of 20 years, Ronan Keating, joined the sofa and spoke about his new wife and plans for an Irish supergroup.
Speaking to Jonathan about his wife, Storm, who he married last summer, Ronan revealed how he popped the question to her with his three children: “You very much involve them. It’s a big deal because Storm isn’t just marrying me, she’s marrying the four of us as such so it was very special because the four of us asked Storm to marry us which was amazing it was a really beautiful moment and very emotional… It was very special. It meant a lot to all of us.”
Ronan also spoke about writing his new album with Once co-star, Dan Healy and how he involved Storm: “It was a very organic album, we made it in the kitchen… We just started writing songs and we ended up in the kitchen writing and Storm was there and she was working and she was kind of doing backing vocals the odd time and I thought ‘You should sing on this’ and she did and it was amazing. She’s got a hell of a voice. It was interesting, we created a studio in the kitchen.”
On whether he will have more children, the newlywed said: “Yes maybe yes, I’d love to, we’ll see how it goes. We’d love to, we’d love to, it’d be smashing.”
On his role in the musical Once, Ronan said people were finally congratulating him on his singing: “I never thought I’d do a musical but it was a very special show. I did 145 shows, eight shows a week, playing guitar, singing and acting every night and it just changed my whole view on what I did and how I did it. The amount of people who said to me after most nights, ‘Man you can sing’ and I thought, ‘What the hell have you been listening to for the last 20 years?’ So it really made me think about what I was doing and how I was doing it in the past.”
Looking ahead to Boyzone’s 25th anniversary, Ronan said he will be marking it with the band: “I think we’ll do something definitely, it would be rude not to. Whether it’s a record or some shows, there’s talk of collaboration with some other bands.”
Alluding to Boyzone teaming up with other Irish boyband, Westlife, Jonathan asked, “So Boyslife might happen?”
“Westzone. I don’t know what it’s going to be, who knows?” Ronan said before agreeing he was “open to it, yes.”
“We get on well, it would be very special for us to be able to mark that. 25 years is a long time, it’s amazing and we’ve left a lot of great memories with a lot of people and to do that again would be [amazing]” Ronan said.
Ronan talked about auditioning for the film, Moulin Rouge, in 2001, admitting it was a shambles: “Baz Luhrmann brought me in, it was very awkward, I was very young and I had no idea how to act. Sometimes when you do this and you’re a performer, you presume you can do everything… I went to New York and I sang first and then he asked me to read a certain part and it was the scene if you’ve seen the movie where Nicole Kidman is coming on to Ewan McGregor so she’s climbing up his leg and trying to take his trousers off and Baz’s wife was playing Nicole Kidman’s part [in the audition]… and it was dreadful and it was shocking and I was terrible and obviously I didn’t get the part. It was funny because I was out having a drink with Leonardo Di Caprio a few years ago as you do, because he’d also read for the movie believe it or not, he didn’t get it and I said, ‘Man I was so bad, I read for that part and it was embarrassing’ and he said, ‘Ronan don’t worry about it, I sang and I was terrible, it happens to all of us.’”
The new star of British women’s tennis, Johanna Konta, joined the sofa and told all about her sporting success and ambitions for Wimbledon and the French Open.
Speaking about beating Venus Williams in the Australian Open, Johanna said: “I had played her once before in China the previous year and we had a really tough match so I felt confident with being able to go out there and compete at a good level, that’s really what I was hoping for… I was just hoping that people weren’t going to be bored really and I managed to stay very present and just competed to the best of my ability and managed to come through that.”
On claims that Venus was unsettled by being beaten and therefore refused to attend the press conference after the match, Johanna said: “I heard that but I also heard it wasn’t the first time she did that so I don’t think that was personal… You never know what state of mind you’re going to be in after any match, it could have been more about play than just losing. She is a really good person and a great competitor so I’d be foolish to say anything bad.”
On whether she thinks women’s tennis has changed since the Williams sisters came onto the scene, Johanna said: “They definitely changed the game in a big way, physically and they really bought athleticism into the game. They made the women’s side, I think, better definitely. We put a lot of training in.”  
On whether she was aware of the excitement in the UK when she was doing so well in the Australian Open, Johanna admitted: “I was quite far removed from it, it did help that I was halfway around the world and there is an 11 hour time difference. I also stay quite removed from social media, I didn’t really want to know what was going on and my parents had a bit of a hard time, they had their doorbell ringing with journalists every two hours so they closed the curtains, turned all the lights off and pretended they weren’t home... So it was definitely different here.” 
Johanna - who has dual nationality and therefore could have played for Australia, Britain or Hungary - said she would always choose to be British: “This is my home, I spent my formative years here, this is where I’ve made the strongest memories, this is where I became a young adult so I couldn’t imagine playing for anyone else.”
On working with Judy Murray for the Fed Cup, Johanna said of the group’s progress: “So far we are actually in this really difficult part which is called the zone… Basically it’s an endless road of playoffs… We’re doing our best… Besides doing our best and trying to win, at the end of the day the main goal is to be the best looking team, no it really is” she laughed. Johanna also agreed that Judy is a tough task master, “She is but she does an amazing job with us. Obviously tennis generally is an individual sport so for us to be getting into a team environment it doesn't really come naturally anyway to me.”
Johanna looked ahead to upcoming tournaments Wimbledon and the French Open, and spoke about whether she’d feel pressure or scrutiny now that she has been so successful in other matches: “Knowing myself as well as I do as of now, I’d like to think [I won’t feel extra pressure or scrutiny]. I play tennis because I love it as a sport, I love competing, I think it’s the best job so I feel very fortunate to be doing it so in terms of external things taking my attention away from it, I wouldn’t think so.”
On the upcoming French Open, she said: “If you look on the ranking list obviously you always look at the top 10, but the way the women’s game is now it’s got incredible depth and it doesn’t matter if you’re going up against someone who is number five in the world of number 50, there’s a lot of competition and a lot of really strong competitors out there.”
Johanna - who was as strong on the sofa as she is on the court - showcased her feisty nature and joked with the other guests. On her sport and success, she said: “To this day it doesn’t come easily. Every match is different depending on what side of the bed you wake up on but to be able to move on quickly from things is very important… I don’t beat myself up anymore, I beat everyone else up around me, it’s like ‘What are you doing? Why are you there?’ but it’s all very internal and more with a look.”
Twilight fan, Johanna sat alongside fellow guest, Taylor Lautner and said: “I was really into the books, I was one of those 17, 18 year olds who locked herself away in a room for a week and just read all of them… I did see all five [movies too!]”
Taylor admitted he used to pass time with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart during filming by catching grapes that she would throw into his mouth. Fan, Johanna, took Taylor on and used her tennis racket to hit grapes into Taylor’s mouth from across the set. [Pictures available from REX]
US acting star, Taylor Lautner, joined the show and spoke about the film series which made him a star and getting used to British humour.
Speaking about Twilight, which he starred in alongside Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Taylor spoke fondly of that time in his life: “I was 15 when I auditioned and filmed the first one at 16… Overall it was amazing, unbelievable but it’s crazy none of us knew when we got the job and we started filming, we had no idea it would be popular or successful or anything so it was kind of just thrown at us.” 
On working on British TV show, Cuckoo, Taylor said:“It’s sort of like a family environment, I had to adjust to the kind of comedy here, it’s a little more sarcastic a little dry but I’m learning and I love it, it’s such a fun time and our cast is all great people.”
Taylor also admitted he struggled with some British words and phrases: “I’m not sure what ‘cheeky’ means. I hear it used so much and in so many different ways, I can’t identify the real meaning of it. I don’t even know if it’s a good or a bad thing!” he laughed.
Fellow guest, Rob Brydon, said: “You might describe Jonathan as cheeky, it’s warm…” with Jonathan adding, “you could also have a cheeky pint.” 
Taylor also spoke about doing martial arts as a kid, showing off his skills on the show. “I started extreme martial arts when I was six years old and it basically is the marriage of traditional karate, acrobatic gymnastics. My weapon that I did was the bo staff.”
A clip of a 12 year old Taylor performing his martial arts routine was shown before he showed off an impressive backflip to the audience, joking “There’s a 50, 50 chance that my suits splits, but as long as you don’t mind me continuing with a split suit!”. Rob Brydon performed his version of athleticism and did star jumps. [Pictures available from REX] 
Comedy star of Gavin & Stacey and Would I Lie To You? Rob Brydon, joined the show and spoke about working with Steve Coogan and his famous impressions.
Speaking to Jonathan about working with comedy genius, Steve Coogan, Rob admitted he was a mysterious man: “I love the guy, I feel close to him, I don’t see that much of him to be honest, I mean you know him, he’s an enigma, he’s a riddle wrapped up in a puzzle… But when we do [see each other] we certainly have a chemistry and a sympatico and we slot together well.”
Rob - who started out doing impressions - performed his impression of Wossy himself to much applause from the audience.