In 2002, she co-hosted the 30th and final series of ‘Record Breakers’ and presented the one off special ‘Prom in the Park’. She also presented a package of programmes for CBBC including two series of the youth science show ‘Eureka’ and ‘Call The Shots’ a show that went behind the scenes at the movies. She also signed an exclusive two year deal with the BBC, becoming the first presenter to host their flagship Saturday morning programme ‘The Saturday Show’ alongside Sunday morning show ‘Smile’.
By her own admission, Fearne “murdered” the song Driftwood by Travis when she took part in ‘Comic Relief Does Fame Academy’ in 2003. Later that year she began hosting her own show, the all new ‘Top of the Pops Saturday’, a successful show that became a firm favourite on Saturday morning with pop fans.
In 2005 Fearne began hosting the main ‘Top of the Pops’ show alongside ‘Top of the Pops Reloaded’ on Saturday mornings. Throughout the summer she filmed a show in America with Reggie Yates for CBBC, ‘Only In America’ which was screened in autumn on the CBBC channel and later on BBC1. Fearne was also awarded one of the biggest breaks in her career when she got the chance to co-present the live coverage of the historic concert ‘Live8’. This was closely followed by Fearne being chosen as one of the presenting team for Children In Need alongside Terry Wogan and Natasha Kaplinski.
Fearne sign her first radio deal with Radio 1 in 2006, hosting a Friday morning show with fellow presenter, Reggie Yates. The show was a huge success and quickly both Fearne and Reggie were signed up to host the weekend breakfast show every Saturday and Sunday morning from 7am till 10am. October 2007 saw the duo move their Radio 1 slot to a Saturday afternoon as well as hosting the prestigious UK Top 40 on a Sunday afternoon. She also co-presented ITV1’s reality series ‘Love Island’ alongside Patrick Kielty in Fiji for two months, an experience she regards as one of the best of her life. Fearne then returned to UK screens at the end of October to host four live shows of ‘Make Me A Super Model’ for Channel 5.
2007 got off to an amazing start with Fearne presenting the backstage coverage for ITV1 at The BRITS, followed by a trip to LA to host The Oscars Red Carpet coverage at the 79th Annual Academy Awards for Sky One. Fearne then opened ‘Comic Relief’ with Lenny Henry and Jonathan Ross. Later the same year, Fearne was honoured to be asked to carry out the only UK interview with Prince William and Prince Harry in lead up to the ‘Concert for Diana’. The concert was a huge success and Fearne co-presented the day for the BBC, which was broadcast across the globe. She also co-hosted the Eurovision show ‘Making Your Mind Up’ alongside Terry Wogan on BBC1, and launched her own prime time dating show with pal Holly Willoughby for ITV1, ‘Holly & Fearne Go Dating’. Alongside this, Fearne also took over the reigns at ITV2’s massively successful show ‘The Xtra Factor’, the spin off show to ITV’s huge entertainment programme ‘The X Factor’.
The following year saw a packed diary of shows, again presenting the backstage coverage at The BRITS and hosting the ITV1 special ‘Guilty Pleasures’, a music show based on the successful club night of the same name. Fearne also caught the eye of US television, flying to LA to host her own one-off prime time special for NBC, Guinness World Records – Live. On the back of this, Fearne was then offered the co-host role on NBC’s successful reality show ‘Last Comic Standing’, which saw her travel across the US looking for comedy’s next big thing. She also began presenting ‘Celebrity Juice’ with her best friend Holly Willoughby and Leigh Francis.
2009 saw Fearne, fulfilling two lifelong ambitions. Firstly, designing and endorsing her own ‘Fearne Cotton’ fashion range for very.co.uk, and in September taking the reins from Jo Whiley to present the popular Radio 1 weekday between 10am and 12.45pm. In October, ITV2 launched Fearne’s own interview show called ‘Fearne and…’, where she interviews popular personalities including Paris Hilton and Peaches Geldof.
2010 has been another busy year with more clothing ranges done for very.co.uk, a second series of ‘Fearne and…’, the return of ‘Celebrity Juice’, a make up range with Boots, her book with Holly Willoughby, ‘Best Friends Guide to Life’ and she also continues to host her Radio 1 show.
Fearne’s natural charm and warm presenting style has made her a firm favourite with viewers and listeners alike, seeing her crowned Glamour Magazine’s ‘TV Personality Of The Year’ in 2007.