Backstage at The X Factor
It’s that time of year again, The X Factor is back, and this year it’s with the most controversial judging panel yet. With a married couple and an original contestant from the show joining Simon behind that famous desk, it sounds like series 15 could be more explosive than ever before...
The former Take That member has a music career that spans three decades, but can he take the pace in the hot seat?
How does it feel to be an X Factor judge after watching it from home?
This job is the most fun I’ve ever had in showbusiness hands down, full stop. I just can’t believe I’ve never done it before. I feel like I’ve found a new lease of life and I absolutely love working with my wife. It’s brought a whole lot of fun back to my job and I’m excited to be a part of the show.
What do you think you bring to the panel this year?
I don’t know how it works on TV but I do feel that instantly the chemistry was great between us. What do we bring that the old judges didn’t? I don’t know but I’m sure Twitter will tell us!
How have you found working with your wife on the show?
I got together with Ayda 12 years ago, I was having a hiatus from the music industry. I didn’t do anything for three years and I loved it. I realised that I just wanted to spend time with my best mate. Ultimately I go to work so I can come home and relax with my best friend. So, if I can go to work with my best friend then it’s the best of both worlds.
Do you think fans are going to get an insight into your marriage?
I know what we’re capable of together so we’ve just been waiting for the right vehicle to go, ‘Check out the Williams!’ I think it will be interesting for people to see us together in that way.
Is there anything specific you’re looking for?
It’s always those unexpected moments. I don’t think you can write down exactly what that is when it happens, it’s incredible. I wasn’t expecting anything, I just wanted to be blown away. I can happily say that I have been blown away more than a few times.
Do you think you can win?
Am I confident I can win? Give me any category and I’m confident I can win!