Melvin Odoom wins Strictly Christmas special

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Rickie Haywood-Williams, 41, is best known for his work with Melvin Odoom, 40, and Charlie Hedges, 35, on Kiss FM. However, after joining in 2007, the trio decided to move over to BBC’s Radio One in 2019.

We were there for so long.

Rickie Haywood-Williams

Rickie, Melvin and Charlie made the move to BBC Radio One in April 2019 to present late nights every Thursday.

From September 2020, it was announced that the trio would be the new hosts of the 10.30am to 12.45pm Live Lounge show when it started in September 2021.

Prior to this, Rickie and Melvin presented the Kiss 100 Breakfast show from 2007, with Charlie joining in 2009.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Melvin revealed the reason why he moved to the BBC after leaving Kiss.

He said: “It’s basically that we were there for so long. I think we outlived every other breakfast show.

“So we thought you know what, Radio One have kind of insinuated that they would like to kind of get us to come across and we kind of like we have done everything we could possibly do at Kiss now.

“We were lucky enough to win some Sony radio awards, and made lots of listing figures.

“So we thought there is not much more we can do or achieve and the fact that Radio One were asking if we would come across.”

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He continued: “It just felt like the right time and it felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity so we made it work.”

The new presenters of Kiss FM’s radio show include Diversity’s Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely.

Rickie is currently partnered with Birds Eye who are doing their part for Veganuary.

Birds Eye are going by the initiative ‘Stuff Veganuary and do what you can-uary’.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Rickie said this was what appealed to him to work with Birds Eye.

The presenter said: “When I heard about the Bird’s Eye campaign, the Green Cuisine range, I thought this is the perfect introduction to that kind of world and into that journey for me personally.

“So for normal people like me, you might not know much about veganism or plant based foods. Do what you can-uary is a really good way to make that transition into the journey.

“So even if it is just like one meal a month, one meal a week or plant based Mondays or something that is better than nothing.

“This is the best way to get started for someone like me and that’s why I love to do what you can-uary.”

As well as working on radio, Rickie has taken part in many celebrity TV shows including The Circle and MasterChef.

Whilst on The Circle with Melvin, the pair pretended to be Will.i.am to not much success.

Birds Eye Green Cuisine has partnered with Rickie for its cheeky but empowering initiative “Stuff Veganuary and do what you can-uary” it aims to reject the pressures to go completely vegan in January, instead encouraging people to do what they can to reduce their meat intake, by trying Green Cuisine’s range of plant-based foods including Chicken-Free Southern Fried Grills to Chicken-Free Burgers.’

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