Ac­tress and wife of Rob­bie, Ayda, was the most con­tro­ver­sial ad­di­tion to the show with many ques­tion­ing her ex­per­tise within the in­dus­try...

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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.

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