X Factor line-up CONFIRMED: Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis

X Factor line-up CONFIRMED: Robbie Williams, wife Ayda Field and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson are unveiled as brand new judging panel

  •  The new lineup was unveiled at London’s Somerset House on Tuesday
  •  2017 judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger have all departed the ITV show 
  • Simon told press: ‘The three of them are going to bring a whole new energy’
  • The show’s creator revealed that he had been trying to sign Robbie as a judge since the first series and was bowled over by the singer’s wife Ayda during an interview with the Loose Women star in LA 
  • Louis, 26, is no stranger to The X Factor having made his name as part of the mega-successful band One Direction, which announced its hiatus in 2015 

Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson will join Simon Cowell as judges on this year’s X Factor.

The new lineup were spotted arriving for the series photocall on Tuesday before an official unveiling in front of press.

The stars were also seen exiting their cars at Somerset House as speculation was finally put to rest over who would be appearing on the panel, following the departures of Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger earlier this year.

New lineup: Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson will join Simon Cowell as judges on this year’s X Factor

Amid the show’s dwindling ratings Simon promised press that the trio ‘are going to bring a whole new energy. I think we’ve got a good chance.’


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The show’s head judge added that he’s ‘tried to get Robbie on every show we’ve had for 15 years then it happened by accident. We went to my house and chatted on the balcony and did a deal.’

As for Robbie’s wife Ayda, an actress turned Loose Women panellist, Simon explained that when the US beauty interviewed him in LA, it was ‘one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever had.’

At last: The stars were also seen exiting their cars at Somerset House as speculation was finally put to rest over who would be appearing on the panel

Revealed: Simon promised press that the trio ‘are going to bring a whole new energy. I think we’ve got a good chance’

Beaming: Robbie looked to be good spirits as he arrived for the press event, flashing a peace sign to fans as he made his way into the venue


Low-key: The Rock DJ singer teamed an all black look with a spotted bomber jacket as she flashed a smile for the event

‘But these two together… Ayda has a passion for people, an optimism. I’ve never felt so excited.’

Robbie who has five-year-old daughter Teddy and three-year-old son Charlton with actress Ayda, looked to be in good spirits as he joined his wife of eight years in arriving for the event, flashing a peace sign to waiting fans as he rocked a casual all-black look.

The Rock DJ singer teamed black jeans with a spotted bomber jacket as he showed off his silver locks for the event.

Meanwhile Ayda was effortlessly chic in hounds tooth flared trousers and a monochrome pussy bow blouse, cosying up to her man as they arrived for the much-anticipated news.

Hey! Meanwhile Ayda was effortlessly chic in black and white hounds tooth flared trousers and a monochrome pussy bow blouse, adding some height with white pointed-toe ankle boots

Happy: The American beauty was rumoured to be joining the panel alongside husband of eight years Robbie, but this now looks to be confirmed

Exciting: The couple had remained coy on rumours they were set to be judges on the show

Emotional: Ayda told press: I’m really excited about helping people achieve their dreams’

Ayda told press that she’s already got emotional during prep for the new series, gushing: ‘I’ve been here every step of the way with Robbie. It’s a very emotional process and I’m really excited about helping people achieve their dreams.’

‘Just like Simon said (agreeing to do the show) was a very organic process.

Robbie joked though that his reasons for signing up were all about the massive pay cheque, quipping: ‘Millions, many millions,’ before adding: ‘Obviously to find Britain’s best talent.’ 

Back for more: The new judges lined up with show host Dermot O’Leary

‘I’ve done tours and promos for years and now it’s time to branch out and try something different. Thank you for having us Simon.’

The ex Take That star seemed to preempt backlash against his wife’s credentials at judging a singing contest as he told the room of her influence on his own career, insisting: 

‘Ayda is my rock and she’s looked after me though thick and thin and I would say every move I’ve made professionally has been made by my wife. I agree with her 95 % of the time.’ 

Gone: The new appointments follow the departures of Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger

1D star Louis went for a relaxed look at Tuesday’s unveiling as he teamed a loose-fitting white hoodie with matching stripe tracksuit bottoms.

The musical heartthrob is no stranger to The X Factor having made his name as part of the mega-successful band One Direction, which announced its hiatus in 2015.

Louis will be hoping to pass on his own experiences on the show to its hopefuls, as they look to make a brand new popstar after 14 years of success.

Comfy: Louis went for a more relaxed look as he teamed a loose-fitting white hoodie with matching stripe tracksuit bottoms


Big name: The musical heartthrob is no stranger to The X Factor having made his name as part of the mega-successful band One Direction, which announced its hiatus in 2015

Sharon Osborne is also set to return to the show as a judge when Robbie needs to step away due to touring commitments.

He will be touring South America during some of the live shows and Sharon has said she will cover as a judge for the shows he has to miss. 

Ayda recently fuelled speculation she will be joining The X Factor panel alongside husband Robbie, by refusing to deny the rumours.


Stunning: Simon’s partner Lauran Silverman also came out to support him, oozing summer chic in a white shirt and pretty floral pencil skirt

Jovial: The man himself Simon was also seen arriving for the event, rocking a classic ensemble as he waved to fans 

Top choices: Simon was reported to be divulging his choices for this year’s judging panel, after the stars signed up to take on mentoring roles, following a report by The Sun on Monday

Brief break: However it was also rumoured that Robbie will take a break from the show as part of his tour commitments, with Sharon Osbourne returning to fill his place

When asked on Loose Women about it on Monday, the 39-year-old said: ‘It’s very rare that I am speechless but I have no comment.’

Ayda attempted to snub the chat by starting to speak to fellow panellist Kelly Brook, but anchor Ruth Langsford continued to ask about her potential role.

The star added: ‘Changing the subject … have you don’t something new with your hair? Kelly, it’s been so great to see you, it’s amazing, it’s been years.

‘I love you, ladies, but no comment.’  

Shake up: The new judges will come together for the first time after weeks of speculation at a press conference, reports the Sun

Robbie meanwhile said only last week that ‘nothing has been signed’, but he said he would ‘love to do it’.

He added: ‘I’ve read these reports too and I would understand, because I’ve read the articles too, that people would think I’m doing The X Factor and so is my wife. As it happens people say it every year and I always say “no comment”.

‘There’s a lot of me that would love to do it, there’s a lot of talking but nothing has been signed.

‘Me and Simon and Lauren and my kids and little Eric hang out a lot and we talk about a lot of things. Nothing is signed, but watch this space.’

No comment: Ayda recently fuelled speculation she will be joining The X Factor panel alongside husband Robbie, by refusing to deny the rumours

Louis has reportedly been signed as a judge in a bid to shake up the panel, reported the Mirror.  

The insider detailed Louis’ relationship with music mogul Simon Cowell, saying: ‘He’s a close friend of the show and would make a brilliant judge.

‘Simon mentored One Direction and signed them to Syco Records, Now he’s looking after Louis’ solo career – which is going really well.’

They continued: ‘Louis is very much a part of the X Factor family. Simon hopes the deal will be done in the next few days.’ 

When MailOnline contacted a representative for X Factor they declined to comment. 

Close pals: The insider detailed Louis’ relationship with music mogul Simon Cowell, saying: ‘He’s a close friend of the show and would make a brilliant judge

Hilarious: Meanwhile Sinitta looked keen to poke fun at her friend Simon Cowell, dressing up as him as she arrived for the photocall


Too funny: Rocking a white cropped shirt with flared jeans, the 80s superstar teamed her look with a grey wig and aviator sunglasses

Energetic: Sinitta has been a fixture on The X Factor since its origins, having appeared with Simon on many of the judges houses

Rugged: Sinitta even painted on a beard and glued chest hair to her front in a bid to make fun of her friend Simon


Up you go! Hoisting up her jeans the songstress also mocked Simon’s legendary trademark of high-waisted jeans

Happy: Sinitta put on an energetic display as she waved to fans at the event

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