“I like the sob stories as long as they are real”
How does it feel to be back?
It’s amazing now I am back with my favourite judges ever.
How did Simon convince you to come back?
Simon and I talk all the time, we’re always good friends and even last year during the show I would call him up and he would just laugh at me. I have a very honest relationship with him, he’s not going to get anyone to be as honest and as hard working as me, let’s be frank.
Do you feel pressure to make the show fun?
No. I think we just need to be ourselves and have fun. We need to make the show entertaining, interesting and honest. It’s not all about the singing, you know! We need great characters and we needed to go back to the small rooms and get people to walk in and tell us their story.
So you like the sob stories?
I like the sob stories as long as they are real. I like all the different characters and I like the fact we don’t know who is going to come in.
The panel has an average age of 55, does age matter?
No, that just means we have a lot more experience. You can have young people on the panel but they’ve had no experience. I’ve dealt with record companies, I’ve dealt with artists, tours and all that stuff. So has Sharon, Simon and Nicole, we’ve been around the block and we know what it takes.
Will you be causing chaos on the live shows?
I think if we’re having fun then the audience have fun. I’ll only laugh if I think it’s funny, I’ll say what I think. Sharon says things under her breath and writes very rude notes that make me laugh!