Mel B is returning to X Factor Australia 2016, or at least that’s what the show’s latest teaser suggests.
The former Spice Girls member has been rumored to return to the Channel Seven show as Underdog Judge. Apparently, the fourth judge will mentor the contestants whom the three other judges voted off.
Mel B is said to be joining as the fourth member of the judges’ panel due to her close connection to X Factor creator Simon Cowell. The singer appeared in X Factor UK this year. “Mel is a real favorite with Simon. He loves her straight-talking attitude,” an insider told The Sun.
The Aussie version of the singing competition released a teaser that hinted a surprise Underdog Judge. The promo has hinted that the fourth judge is a female with black hair and long red fingernails. She was seen watching the show, but the figure was obscured by a high-backed leather chair.
— #XFactorAU (@thexfactorau) August 8, 2016
If Mel B is confirmed to be the fourth judge, it marks her return to Channel Seven after an ugly split in 2013. The network sued the British singer for breach of contract to block her from joining Australia’s Got Talent on Channel 9.
However, not all fans of X Factor Australia 2016 are thrilled to see Mel B in the show.
@thexfactorau Please not Mel B, anyone but Mel B
— Mark Corlson (@MarkWCAU) August 8, 2016
@thexfactorau please don't let it be Mel B
— Sonia Surija (@Sonia_Rose1) August 8, 2016
@thexfactorau Anyone but MEL B someone different.
— ❤Cazglambert❤ (@CazGlambert) August 8, 2016
X Factor Australia 2016 also has a new host. Jason Dundas has replaced Luke Jacobz, who lost his driving license. Jacobz was charged for drunk driving before Season 7 began last year.
Dundas has revealed that judges Guy Sebastian, Iggy Azalea and Adam Lambert have no idea that there will be a fourth judge. X Factor Australia 2016 is also a debut for Azalea and Lambert. X Factor Australia Season 7 was judged by Sebastian along with Dannii Minogue, James Blunt and Chris Isaak.
Meanwhile, Azalea and Lambert are all ready for their new role on television. “I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia as a judge and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest,” Lambert said.
If Mel B is truly joining the show, we might expect some tense exchange of opinions from the judges’ row this year.