It’s official! Iggy Azalea just confirmed her new role as a judge on “X Factor” Australia season 8.
Iggy Azalea takes the place of outgoing judge Danii Minogue, Sydney Confidential of The Daily Telegraph reported. Hence, it could be a homecoming of sorts for the Australian native who continues to rock the international scene professionally, and at times, personally. However, despite her success, Azalea admitted to some uncertainty before her decision to commit to the “X Factor” Australia, the publication noted.
“I really didn’t picture myself being a judge on any kind of television show but I think that actually this could be a good fit for me, so I said yes,” she told the publication. Fortunately, the appeal to see family among other perks of heading back home helped her make up her mind.
“Initially, I didn’t know but then I thought it would be good to come back to Australia and have an opportunity to spend some time there and obviously to see my family, who live in Sydney. So I think it will be a good situation for multiple reasons. I’m really excited and I don’t really know what to expect,” Azalea added. Yet the rapper is excited about her chance to discover fresh talents Down Under.
“I understand what it’s like to have giant dreams and intend to help other young Australians achieve theirs by sharing my knowledge and developing their talent in collaboration with The X Factor,” Daily Mail cited her words from a Channel Seven press release.
The rapper rose to fame with the hit song “Fancy” featuring Charli XCX and reached the top spot on Billboard Hot 100, The Sydney Morning Herald recalled. Thus, the show’s decision to cast her as Danii Minogue’s replacement was apt, the publication added.
“Nobody knows what it takes to break through in today’s industry better than her. With such international success at only 26, our contestants have the chance to be mentored by the best in the business,” The SMH quoted Brad Lyons, Channel Seven’s Director of Production.
Azalea’s career also has its share of controversy. In 2015, she went through a highly publicized “psychotic breakdown,” the publication noted. Her sophomore album, “Digital Distortion,” is set for release on June 24 amidst cheating allegations in her relationship with Nick Young.