Back­stage at The X Fac­tor

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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!

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