Rob­bie and I are over the moon, the kids are over the moon... it’s re­ally like a bliss bub­ble right now

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the race to over­take ri­vals and win. “When I was in track and field I would do the 800 me­tres, which is two laps. I never liked to start in the front, even if I knew I was the fastest,” she says.

“I liked to gauge what was hap­pen­ing then, on the sec­ond loop, catch and go.”

Com­par­ing this to The X Fac­tor, Ayda goes on: “I like be­ing the un­der­dog. I like watch­ing the com­pe­ti­tion ahead then tak­ing them on.

“You’ve got Si­mon [Cow­ell] who’s done it for 15 years. Louis [Tom­lin­son] has been in the process and Rob’s been a pop star for ever. I think

Rob­bie and Si­mon are in the lead. I think they’re huff­ing and puff­ing. They’ve got their dad run on, arms are flail­ing.

“And I’m just gonna go all Carl Lewis on it and get the job done.” What about the crit­i­cism for her lack of mu­sic ex­pe­ri­ence?

“Peo­ple prob­a­bly don’t un­der­stand the ex­tent of how in­volved I’ve been in Rob’s ca­reer the past 12 years,” Ayda says. “So they might go, ‘Huh? What does she know?’

“But I’ve been in­tri­cately in­volved. Rob used to lov­ingly re­fer to me as his dress­ing-room bitch. But now he’s my dress­ing-room bitch, let’s just be clear. “But from the point that I came over to the UK, I pretty much gave up my ca­reer to be by his side. So I lit­er­ally have been on ev­ery sin­gle plane ride to ev­ery sin­gle city. I’ve done all the promo for ev­ery sin­gle al­bum. I’ve been there in the stu­dio for ev­ery sin­gle song.

“I’ve been in­volved in all the song choices, the prepa­ra­tions, the ideas for the per­for­mances. Lis­ten, be­ing mar­ried to Rob is a full-time job. It is hard work.”

She is thrilled with the start she has made on The X Fac­tor, and has been warmly re­ceived, though Rob­bie has, un­sur­pris­ingly, been get­ting most of the head­lines.

This week­end in the judges’ houses stage, they both hold au­di­tions at home.

Some would worry about get­ting the over-25s cat­e­gory, but Ayda says: “I’m tired of the pop prince or princess who comes pack­aged as a Bar­bie or Ken doll and has per­fect hair or teeth and is 16.

“I’m look­ing for some­thing way more in­ter­est­ing than that. I think the world needs some he­roes and en­ter­tain­ers that don’t fit into that cat­e­gory.”

With the live shows ap­proach­ing, will we see Ayda in a new range of fab­u­lous fash­ions? “Rob would be fu­ri­ous if I bought a whole new wardrobe,” she says.

“Rob blows out the can­dles when I leave the room ’cause he doesn’t want to waste the can­dle. I’m hope­fully bor­row­ing a lot of out­fits.”

Ayda adds: “I’m ner­vous about not hav­ing him there for some of the shows – he’s my wing­man and part­ner in crime, and it’s re­ally nice hav­ing him by my side.

“But, equally, I’m also ex­cited to rep­re­sent on my own and do my thing and take charge without him there.”

■ The X Fac­tor judges’ houses stage is on Vir­gin One this week­end at 8.35pm on Satur­day and 8pm on Sun­day.

JUDGES PANEL With fel­low X Fac­tor co-stars Rob­bie Wil­liams, Si­mon Cow­ell and Louis ON A ROLL Ayda Field is rel­ish­ing life

MAR­RIAGE With hus­band Rob­bie Wil­liams

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