Actress and wife of Robbie, Ayda, was the most controversial addition to the show with many questioning her expertise within the industry...
There’s criticism you’re not from a musical background, how do you feel about that?
I know that I’ve helped Rob for 12 years now, I’ve had to pick him up off the ground and lift him up. I’ve been part of every song choice for like five albums, every creative for his live shows, his tours, music videos – I feel like I’ve had enough experience with his career and my own career to make a difference with these contestants.
It sounds like you’re the brains behind Robbie...
I don’t want to say I’m the brains, but... I am the brains! I think I have very strong instincts and Rob trusts those instincts. I’m very passionate. With Rob, I think I’m also not afraid to tell him when I don’t like something. He’s in a position where a lot of people could tell him they like something even if they don’t. I am always incredibly straight forward, I say it with compassion but I stick to my word and carry it through.
You can also tag team on Simon if you want!
I mean, we would just pick on Simon no matter what! I think Louis is now part of our team and picking on Simon too. Simon is just too easy to pick on because he’s like Doctor Evil and our boss, so you have to pick on him. You can’t just let him slide with some of his stuff. We’ve started to pick up on Simon’s game, if we say something smart or have an idea, Simon repeats it and knows his version will make the edit. So now I keep trying to clump myself with Simon so he can’t edit me out. I mean, we’ve got to take Simon down, Doctor Evil can’t win all the time.
Would you say you’ve learnt anything from Simon?
He’s great at the job. It’s so frustrating because he’s always right, well, 99 percent of the time. You really can’t fault him. His music choice is really great and giving people their moment. I watch the way his mind works, how he starts putting people together and just the way he thinks about things is really inspiring. I’m learning so much.
What’s your message to the other judges as the competition hots up?
My message to the other judges is watch out! I’m coming for you like a hungry wolf, don’t underestimate me. Listen, it’s the year of the woman. I’m going to give these boys the biggest surprise of their lives. They think they’ve got it because they were in Take That or One Direction or because they have been running the show for 20 years. No, the underdog is coming to take the prize! I’m very excited.