“The X Factor UK” is returning to the U.S. for its 15th season this fall on AXS TV. Earlier today (July 17), AXS TV announced the popular UK-based reality singing competition will add a fifth judge to the all-star judging panel, which finds former One Direction member and “X Factor UK” alum Louis Tomlinson joining veteran judges Sharon Osbourne and show boss Simon Cowell who are returning from last season. Global music superstar Robbie Williams will also serve as a judge, along with his wife, actress and presenter Ayda Williams.
Avid fans of the beloved UK series know Tomlinson’s meteoric rise fame was launched when he and his former 1D bandmates Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik finished in third place in 2010 and went on to become the biggest boy band in music history, releasing multiple consecutive chart-topping albums as One Direction.
Like the rest of the 1D boys, Tomlinson went on to pursue a solo career when the band went on an indefinite hiatus in January 2016. The British native heartthrob appeared as a guest judge on the show with Simon Cowell back in 2015 and he debuted his solo collaboration single “Just Hold On” with Steve Aoki on the series in 2016. Fans have long since speculated (and hoped!) Tomlinson might eventually join the show in a more permanent role.
Robbie Williams previously served with Sharon Osbourne as a mentor for the Overs category in season 13. The 18-time BRIT Award winner will be joined by his wife Ayda on the season 15 panel, as she makes her series debut. The power couple will be the first-ever husband-and-wife team to serve as “The X Factor UK” judges.
Series executive producer Simon Cowell will also return along with his fiery friend and female music mogul Sharon Osbourne. Cowell and Osbourne were part of “The X Factor UK’s” original series judging panel. Season 14 judges Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh will not return to their judges’ seats this season. Per an AXS TV press statement, “The X Factor UK” season 15 auditions will take place in London at The SSE Arena, Wembley and charismatic fan-favorite host Dermot O’Leary will reprise his presenting duties.
Collectively, “The X Factor UK” artists have reportedly sold more than 250 million records worldwide and charted over 200 No. 1s. Stars like Little Mix, One Direction and Leona Lewis have gone on to launch massively successful careers. And, a plethora of international superstars have made debut performances of hit singles on “The X Factor UK” stage like Taylor Swift with “Shake It Off,” Adele with “Hello,” Ed Sheeran with “Thinking Out Loud” and One Direction with “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?”, among many others. Last year, Rak-Su swept the season 14 title. Who will take home the crown this year?
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