When you watch TV programs such as British Got Talent, the TV hosts sometimes say:

''Next up is the talented singer from...'' (performers number or sequencing method kind of thing)

Whereas, when you play Youtube, then there a window on the uppermost right corner link indicating ''up next''.

What is the difference between up next and next up?

I've been seeing this for a long time, and I'm not sure why they have to change this every now then, or maybe there's a real difference between both. I googled it but none of the results answered my question.

  • How about finding and posting some examples? We need examples of usage.
    – Lambie
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 21:42
  • I can't think of any real difference, but it might depend on context.
    – stangdon
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 21:45
  • Could you make up some examples anyway? My guess would be that the up in "next up" leads into a prepositional phrase, while "up next" would stand by itself.
    – user3169
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 23:54
  • @Lambie, I already did it here on the site, you can see my involvement in another topic there while they asked me to do another question page.
    – John Arvin
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 23:58
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    John Arvin: You've had three active members ask you for more context, yet you've stubbornly refused to add any. You said, "I've been seeing this for a long time" – well, then, you should be able to furnish an example or two. You said, "I googled it but none of them answered my question" – well, you could at least tell us what you googled so we won't make the same mistake, and so we can have a better idea of what confuses you. The more you put into a question, the more you (and everyone else) will get out of a question.
    – J.R.
    Commented May 7, 2018 at 13:50

2 Answers 2


Up next... next up. Next in... in next. Last in... in last. Reversible idioms. We vary our speech so as not to sound like robots. There is very rarely only one way to say something.


There really is no difference between the two phrases. The only time they might be used in the same setting is to avoid sounding repetitious. So if you were introducing 50 performers in a row it would sound less monotonous to mix up your phrasing a little.

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    citrus128 is clearly correct and your Question was clearly worth the research you posted. Wha`t did I miss, there, please? Commented May 10, 2018 at 20:38
  • It's not "British Got Talent", it's "Britain's Got Talent". Commented May 11, 2018 at 22:43

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