Judge ready to share X Fac­tor

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ANY X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist who gels with new judge Red­foo can ex­pect a help­ing hand from the LMFAO show­man. There’s also ev­ery chance Red­foo will col­lab­o­rate on a song with one of his X Fac­tor pupils, he says.

The LA-based singer, dancer and DJ is one of two new judges on the pop­u­lar re­al­ity tal­ent show, which re­turns on Mon­day.

Red­foo re­places Guy Se­bas­tian while celebrity Danni Minogue re­places for­mer Spice Girl Mel B on the lat­est sea­son of X Fac­tor.

‘‘Any­body I strike a con­nec­tion with, I will most def­i­nitely work with them and part­ner up on some mu­sic,’’ he says.

‘‘I am al­ways try­ing to help peo­ple achieve their dreams and if the sit­u­a­tion is right and they’re into it and there’s a gel, a con­nec­tion, for sure.

‘‘Ev­ery­body I have tour­ing with me is some­one I have met along the way.’’

Red­foo was hes­i­tant to join a TV tal­ent show judg­ing panel, un­til the X Fac­tor’s for­mat was ex­plained to him.

He says the chance to men­tor and coach singers caught his at­ten­tion, as did the fact he would com­pete with judges Minogue, Ro­nan Keat­ing and Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte.

A warn­ing to the other judges – Red­foo has a mas­sive com­pet­i­tive streak, which ex­tends well out­side mu­sic.

In June, he tried to qual­ify for the 2013 US Ten­nis Open by play­ing a sec­tional qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in Cal­i­for­nia but was bun­dled out in straight sets in the open­ing round. The fact his girl­friend is the for­mer World No. 1 Vic­to­ria Azarenka should help his ten­nis.

‘‘I thought the X Fac­tor was about judg­ing but then they said it was about coach­ing and men­tor­ing and com­pet­ing with the other judges and I’m think­ing . . . I can win as well,’’ he laughs.

Red­foo con­sid­ers his role on the X Fac­tor as less judge or men­tor, more en­ter­tain­ment doc­tor who pre­scribes the right tonic for the per­form­ers.

He pumps up con­tes­tants who lack con­fi­dence and irons out those with tal­ent but not the right at­ti­tude.

‘‘You have peo­ple who are tal­ented but they are deal­ing with con­fi­dence is­sues and then you have peo­ple who are con­fi­dent with work ethic is­sues.’’

Right now Red­foo is putting the fin­ish­ing touches on a new al­bum be­fore he re­turns to Aus­tralia for the live X Fac­tor shows.

X Fac­tor: Mon­day to Thurs­day, 7.30pm, Seven, Prime7.

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

LMFAO’s Red­foo

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