X Factor finally confirms judging line-up for 2018 series

It's a whole new look for the ITV talent show!

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X Factor has confirmed the new judging line-up is Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and Ayda Field.

Louis, Robbie and Ayda all attended an X Factor press conference on Tuesday following months of speculation over who would join Simon on the judges’ table later this year.

Louis Tomlinson, Judges attend X Factor Press Conference
Louis at the press conference (Credit: Phil Lewis/Wenn)

Louis, 26, certainly has the experience given he started off on X Factor himself back in 2010, when he auditioned as a solo artist and was put into the newly-formed One Direction.

Robbie, 44, meanwhile, has experience as both a hugely successful solo artist and part of Take That.

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Robbie Williams and Ayda Field, Judges attend X Factor Press Conference
Ayda and Robbie at the press conference in London on Tuesday (Credit: Wenn/Phil Lewis)

The less expected signing is Robbie’s wife Ayda, 39, best known to many as a Loose Women panellist, although she’s also enjoyed a career as an actress.

X Factor said she brings “invaluable experience” to the panel about how the music industry works.

Simon said: “This new panel is all about optimism, everyone has a real passion for finding a new star. The three new judges bring a whole new energy and I’m excited.”

The new line-up was revealed to the media at a press conference at Somerset House.

Simon said he is excited about the new panel (Credit: Fameflynet)

Louis said: “The X Factor for me made a lot of sense. Development of artists is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. Having been on the show myself I know first-hand that the live shows are like nothing else you would experience. I’m looking forward to guiding auditonees through the process.”

Robbie agreed: “For nearly 30 years I’ve been touring. I’ve been wanting to branch out and The X Factor felt like the perfect vehicle. Ayda is my rock, she’s looked after me through thick and thin. I’m looking forward to getting started as a judge!”

Sharon will return to judge the live shows, not the auditions (Credit: ITV)

Ayda said: “On a professional level I’ve auditioned for years so I know the highs and lows. I know what it takes to help people achieve their dreams. It’s all about the auditionees, it’s an organic process. The fact I get to work with Rob and against him is fantastic!”

Meanwhile, former judge Sharon Osbourne will return as a judge for the live shows, not the pre-filmed auditions.

The judging panel has had a huge shake-up this year after Louis Walsh announced he had quit the show last month.

Louis announced he had quit the show last month (Credit: FameFlynet)

Louis, 65, appeared on all but one of the talent show’s series since it began in 2004.

ITV announced earlier this year that changes to the judging panel “signal the beginning of a new era for the UK’s most popular music talent show”.

X Factor returns to ITV this autumn.

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