Just Try and Guess Who's Replacing Natalia Kills on The X Factor NZ
It's Natalie Bassingthwaighte! The Australian singer and actress announced on Thursday afternoon that she will be replacing Natalia Kills after her controversial exit from the show — and New Zealand muso Shelton Woolright will take Willy Moon's place. Nat revealed the news via social media, excitedly writing on Instagram, "So this just happened . . . NEW JUDGE ON X FACTOR NEW ZEALAND is........ ME!!! @xfactornz."
It's an immediate — and exciting! — job Nat will take on with ease. She's judged the last four seasons of The X Factor Australia, becoming a fan favourite along the way thanks to her kind-but-firm approach to competing contestants. Last year she took on the boys group and mentored popular Dean Ray all the way through to the finale, before he placed second behind Marlisa Punzalan.
In an official statement released Thursday afternoon, Nat said of the gig, "We are going to have the so much fun and I'm so excited to see their talents evolve. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I hope will see them [the boys] through to the very end of the competition." Congratulations, Natalie! Source: Instagram user natbassingthwaighte