‘I have anxiety!’ BBC Breakfasts Owain Wyn Evans opens up on nerves

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Owain Wyn Evans shot to fame in 2020 when the weather reporter filmed a quirky video that saw him drumming along to the BBC News theme music. The clip went viral on social media with BBC viewers praising the meteorologist for his musical talent. Now, Owain is taking on a drumming challenge all in aid of Children in Need. The BBC Breakfast star will be taking part in a 24-hour drumathon in a bid to raise money for the charity. However, in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk he’s confessed to feeling nervous ahead of the event.

When asked if he was nervous or excited about the 24-hour drumming challenge, Owain replied: “At the moment, it’s a split kind of feeling.”

“I’ve got to be honest with you, I have been waking up in the middle of the night and thinking ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m doing a 24 hour drumathon!’

“But, I have anxiety and I do that anyway, to be honest. I do sort of wake up in the middle of the night and think about random things sometimes.

“Yeah, there have been a few midnight kind of, ‘Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m doing this now’.

“But, at the same time, I’m really excited because the feeling of excitement definitely balances.

“You know, the balance is tipped towards being excited as opposed to being nervous or scared or anxious.

“Just because it’s for such a great cause,” he said.

The weather reporter also opened up about how lucky he felt to be working with Children in Need.

Owain remarked: “I feel really fortunate to be able to do this because it’s definitely a once in a lifetime kind of thing, to be involved in such an amazing event.

“It really is going to be an event as well, so I’m really excited,” he added.

However, the BBC Breakfast star made it clear the challenge wasn’t going to be easy.

He explained: “My hands are kind of half ready. But, then you know, I play a really long drum session and they get sore again.

“So, by the end of it, I’m pretty sure I like to have my sticks gaffer taped to my hands. But, that’s just how it goes I think!” Owain laughed.

To ensure he’s fit and prepared for the drumathon, Owain has been undertaking a series of training exercises.

He revealed he’s been doing lots of drumming in preparation: “Over the past three months or so, I’ve been sort of slowly building it up from doing half an hour a day, then an hour and then just fitting in as much travelling as I can.

“We’re also working with some really great people on the drumathon. Professor Greg Whyte, who works on a lot of the children in need challenges actually, he worked with Eddie Izzard and David Walliams when they did their challenges.

“He has been working with me on basically how to get my fitness levels up.

“So, I’ve been going to the gym twice a day for the past couple of months to increase my kind of cardio vascular fitness and also my strengths because, you know, I have these dainty little arms,” he explained.

Owain remarked: “The biceps are looking a little bit better. My wrist is still tiny, but I think that’s just down to the way that I’m built.

“So, lots of funny little exercises with dumbbells doing things that you know, most people in the gym don’t do.

“I’ve been in the gym and people have been looking at me as if I’ve just sort of landed from Mars, with the way I’ve been doing these particularly peculiar exercises.”

Owain’s drumathon will begin on BBC Breakfast at 8.35am on Friday and will conclude 24 hours later on the same show, with the challenge also being live-streamed on BBC iPlayer.

The weather reporter won’t be alone in the challenge though as he’ll be joined by fellow percussion lovers including McFly’s Harry Judd, Al Murray, Kasabian’s Ian Matthews, Feeder’s Mark Richardson and Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain.

The event will also feature the “Big Bang” moment at 6.50pm on Friday, a special performance where all the drummers will come together to play the BBC News theme, with Owain keen to see viewers at home join in too.

If you’d like to show your support please go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey.

The BBC Breakfast Drumathon will begin Friday at 8.35am on BBC One.

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