Louis Tomlinson Announced As New X Factor Judge

Former One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field will be joining the judging panel for the 15th season of The X Factor UK.

They will be joining music mogul and show creator Simon Cowell who created the long-running series, and replacing last year's judges Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger.

Simon Cowell officially unveiled the new-look judging panel line-up in a press conference in London, joking: "I'm going to be honest, for me the most important thing when you create a panel is you've got to have good looking people, which is why I chose myself." 

When asked about Louis Tomlinson joining the team, he added "Louis is brilliant with talent, I've seen him come to rehearsals." 

It's a bittersweet move for the ex-boy band member, considering his former band rose to fame on the show back in 2010. After Tomlinson and bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik failed to make it through the bootcamp stage as solo artists on the show, judge and mentor Simon Cowell handpicked them to be members of a new group.

Season 15 of The X Factor UK will air later this year. 

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