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Thursday 18 October 2018

Robbie and wife Ayda lined up to take over from Louis on X Factor

Robbie Williams with wife Ayda Field. Photo: PA
Robbie Williams with wife Ayda Field. Photo: PA

Singer Robbie Williams and his American actress wife Ayda Field will be joining The X Factor as judges to replace Louis Walsh.

The move would see the Angels singer and Field become the first couple on the talent show's judging panel.

It has been reported that producers of the ITV programme have lined up a £10m (€11.3m) deal to get the pair on board.

Williams (44) and Field are said to be set to join the show's creator, Simon Cowell, on the 15th series when it returns in August.

They will take the places of long-serving judge Walsh (65) and 39-year-old American former Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.

Louis Walsh pictured with Zane Blount Ronan (7) from Dublin to announce that Childline will be the official charity partner for Cannonball 2018.
Louis Walsh pictured with Zane Blount Ronan (7) from Dublin to announce that Childline will be the official charity partner for Cannonball 2018.

Field (39) was born in California and starred in the US soap Days Of Our Lives.

She is now a regular on the UK daytime TV chat show Loose Women.

Last month, she interviewed Cowell (58), and their chat was gatecrashed by Williams posing as his wife's assistant.

Field later posted a picture of herself with Cowell on Instagram, captioning it: "Hope he puts me through to the next round."

Former Take That singer Williams met Field in 2006, and they married three years later.

Era

His former Take That bandmate Gary Barlow (47) was a judge in two series of The X Factor between 2011 and 2013.

A show source said producers are "over the moon" with the new recruits.

It comes after bosses announced Walsh would leave the programme as it ushers in a "new era".

The band manager had appeared on all but one series since the show began in 2004.

"I've had a fantastic 13 years on The X Factor but the show needs a change and I'm ready to leave," Walsh said in a statement.

"I'm looking forward to another series of Ireland's Got Talent, going back to my day job as a manager, writing my memoirs and seeing the world."

Former judge Sharon Osbourne (65)will have a scaled-back role in the show when it returns later this year.

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