THE X FACTOR UK JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR SEASON 15, PREMIERING THIS FALL ON AXS TV
Series Creator Simon Cowell is Joined by One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and Pop Sensation Robbie Williams & his wife Ayda Williams
For the First Time Ever, the Series will Feature Five Judges as Fan-Favorite Sharon Osbourne Returns to the Panel for the Live Shows
Los Angeles, CA (July 17, 2018) – AXS TV announced today the all-star judging panel that will helm the 15th season of the landmark international music competition series THE X FACTOR UK, returning to the network for the fifth consecutive year. The series will air every Sunday and Monday evening at 8pE when it premieres in the fall on AXS TV.
Legendary music mogul and THE X FACTOR UK creator Simon Cowell will be joined by three fresh faces this season, including acclaimed singer, songwriter, and former THE X FACTOR UK finalist Louis Tomlinson, whose groundbreaking group One Direction famously got their start on the series in 2010, finishing in third place en route to becoming international chart-topping superstars.
The panel also features global superstar Robbie Williams and his wife of eight years, actress and presenter Ayda Williams. Robbie has sold more than 75 million albums over his career and won 18 BRIT Awards – more than any other artist in history. Robbie has been playing to sold out stadiums across the world over the past year on his ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour’ – which has seen him perform to more than 1.25 million fans across the UK, Europe and Australasia. Robbie released the platinum-selling ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ album in November 2016 – it debuted at Number One on the UK album chart, giving Williams his 12th Number One solo album. Ayda will be competing with her husband to claim the winning spot on this year’s show. Ayda has an invaluable inside take on how the music industry works and knows first-hand what it takes to forge a successful career. It is the first time on THE X FACTOR UK that a husband and wife have been judges
Rounding out the panel is music manager, TV host, and original THE X FACTOR UK judge Sharon Osbourne, who will resume her duties during the live shows—giving the hit series five judges for the first time ever. Fan-favorite TV personality Dermot O’Leary is also back, serving as emcee for the weekly festivities.
The upcoming season will see the popular audition rounds move out of the more intimate judging rooms and into London’s iconic The SSE Arena, Wembley giving prospective contestants the chance to put their talents on full display as they work to not only impress the panel, but an energetic crowd.
For over a decade, THE X FACTOR UK has set the benchmark in finding worldwide superstars, with X FACTOR UK artists selling more than 250 million records worldwide and earning 200 Number One’s. The program’s rich legacy includes international boy band sensation One Direction; soulful GRAMMY®-nominated songstress Leona Lewis; multi-platinum pop star Olly Murs; and dance-pop quartet Little Mix, who were the first group to win the competition. Additionally, THE X FACTOR UK is one of the first stops for major recording artists to promote their latest hits, with AXS TV viewers being among the first in America to enjoy Adele’s “Hello”; Coldplay’s “Adventure Of A Lifetime”; Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”; Maroon 5’s “Animals”; Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”; One Direction’s “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” performed live for the first time on TV; and Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” among many others.
“‘THE X FACTOR UK’ is one of the most popular programs on our network, and the all-star judging panels play a major role in that appeal,” said Evan Haiman, Vice President of Programming and Development at AXS TV. “The series has always had the absolute best mentors on hand to grow each season’s fresh crop of up and coming talent, and THE X FACTOR UK has truly outdone itself this year by bringing in One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson and music sensation Robbie Williams and his wife, Ayda Williams to impart their wisdom as they fight to set their teams on the path to superstardom. Every night promises fireworks, as they go head-to-head with the always-opinionated Simon Cowell and then with Sharon Osbourne in the live shows. We’re excited to see what exciting surprises and powerhouse performances the series has in store for this year.”
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