Pride of Britain judges say Awards are chance to 'celebrate real heroes in difficult times'

Mirror Online Entertainment 0 month ago

Ahead of the Pride of Britain of Awards , a select panel of judges were given the very difficult job of selecting winners from some incredibly deserving candidates.

The annual ceremony is now in its 20th year and host Carol Vorderman has described the 2019 selection process as the most challenging yet.

Carol was joined by a team of judges, including Eamonn Holmes, Susanna Reid and Christine Lampard, to decide which of the nominated heroes will be honoured at this month's bash.

Carol Vorderman was on hand to help the judging process after hosting the ceremony for the last twenty years
The full judging line-up for this year's Pride of Britain awards

Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna told the Mirror Online it was an 'extraordinary privilege' to be asked to take part in the judging process again this year.

"It's really interesting in talking to the new judges and they're saying 'How on earth do you decide?'

"What we want to do is give everyone an award because they are they are all the pride of Britain. It's a massive challenge," she said.

The winners in each category will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at London's Grosvenor House hotel in front of a star-studded crowd of guests.

Susanna Reid enjoyed the robust debate about the heroes
She told the Mirror it was an 'extraordinary privilege' to be asked to take part

Describing the uniqueness of the occasion, Susanna said: "All the people who think they are stars are sat in the audience and the real stars go up on stage. The real people, the real heroes, children who've shown extraordinary courage, emergency services who've gone above and beyond and people who have raised extraordinary amounts for charity, they get to meet the people they like on screen and their heroes - but we get the opportunity to acknowledge who the real stars are."

As the ceremony marks its milestone twentieth year, Susanna said the Pride of Britain remains as popular as ever.

"It's such a difficult time at the minute because we are so divided. We've seen politically there's a massive split and there's massive hostility and its difficult and tense times.

"And what's really lovely is that we can forget all that for a night and feel united which is what we absolutely need to do," she said.

Caroline Vorderman, who has hosted the show since it started in 1999, called Pride of Britain the 'mothership' of 'hero' awards.

"This year is going to be a celebration of 20 years," she promised about the upcoming ceremony.

"And what's interesting is we still struggle to find the winners and the list is so strong. It genuinely is. In past years there's been one stand out person in a category to select but this year it's really tough."

"It's a privilege to host it. It wasn't even televised the first time," she added. "[Which] feels like three weeks ago last Thursday to me!"

Discussing the secret to the show's continued popularity, Caroline said: "There's an inherent part of all of us that values goodness no matter what might be in the media and what might be in the news, it's in there somewhere. It's part of our humanity and that's what makes it enduring."

Eamonn Holmes said the nominations list 'makes you feel proud'

This Morning's Eamonn Holmes said choosing the winners was going to be 'absolutely daunting'.

"These people are superhuman at times and you have to ask yourself, 'Could I have done the same thing? Would I have done that?'

"There are so many tremendous people out there. As country with the aftermath of Brexit and the vote the whole country feels quite divided, but here we have people that do selfless things for other people and they do the good thing.

He added: "It's wonderful to salute people who don't often get that salute."

Christine Lampard said the judges had their work cut out in picking a winner

Ahead of the judging, Christine Lampard said she'd read the briefs several times and still couldn't pick a winner.

"It's very important to get it right. we say it every year but this year the stories are so compelling.

"This year was particularly difficult I have to say, but I'm very privileged to be part of the judging panel," she added.

The Pride of Britain Awards will air Tuesday 5th November on ITV at 8pm

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