As the first pre­vi­ous con­tes­tant to take up res­i­dence as a judge on the show, the ex One Direc­tioner seems to have some great cre­den­tials...

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How did Si­mon con­vince you to join the show?

It wasn’t that hard to con­vince me, I’ve been a big fan of the show, even be­fore I was on it my­self. I think it was maybe two or three years ago that I started com­ing down to the show of my own ac­cord and helped Si­mon with his acts on rou­tine days in the stu­dio. I found that re­ally ex­cit­ing. So as soon as I re­alised I could do both my own mu­sic and judge at the same time, it was a bit of a no brainer for me.

What do you make of Ayda?

I think she’s been amaz­ing and done an ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble job. I sit next to her and for the first cou­ple of days we were the good ones on the panel and let Rob­bie and Si­mon be the bad guys! I think she just brings a lot of em­pa­thy and a lot of un­der­stand­ing. She looks at things from a peo­ple’s per­spec­tive rather than an artist or man­ager.

What was sit­ting on the panel like?

On the first day it was as sur­real for me as the con­tes­tants au­di­tion­ing. It was a proud mo­ment for me, def­i­nitely. I think it also helps hav­ing me there, I don’t think they have ever had any­one on the panel who has au­di­tioned for the show. I feel a duty of care, I want to help peo­ple out.

How com­pet­i­tive are you?

I’m re­ally com­pet­i­tive. I hadn’t re­ally thought about it un­til the last cou­ple of days of au­di­tions. It was only then that it dawned on me that this is a com­pe­ti­tion and I’d like to win it! This is my first year and I’ve been all nice and friendly with the other judges un­til now. Now I reckon it’s on and I’ve got a good chance of win­ning!

How are you feel­ing about the pres­sure of men­tor­ing an act in such a pub­lic arena?

I’m rel­ish­ing that pres­sure, I can’t wait to get into it. What ex­cites me about The X Fac­tor is re­ally get­ting stuck into the cre­ative. I’m re­ally try­ing to use my ex­pe­ri­ence to help new artists.

Who do you think wants to win the most out of Rob­bie and Ayda?

That’s a tough one. I think Ayda would en­joy it more. I hope she wins rather than Rob­bie!

What’s your mes­sage to the other judges?

I just hope that they re­alise I am in it to win it and so is my cat­e­gory. I’ll be us­ing my re­sources and my ex­pe­ri­ence that I’ve gained over the last eight years to do ex­actly that.

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