Adam Lambert is the final member on the judging panel of the “X Factor” Australia 2016.
“I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest,” Lambert told The Daily Telegraph.
“Australia has always been one of my favorite places to tour. The Aussies I’ve met are so kind and good humored — so the thought of getting to live in Sydney is very exciting,” he added.
This year’s “X Factor” Australia will have only three judges with Lambert and Australian natives Guy Sebastian and Iggy Azalea, the publication noted. Thus, fans can likely expect season 8 to be “intense” as hopefuls would have to outdo one another to earn a spot in the tight competition.
The adjustment from a four-member panel to three is one of the changes fans can expect this season. They could also anticipate the announcement of a new host following the second drunk driving offense of Luke Jacobz last year, the publication revealed.
Guy Sebastian, who would be the veteran on the judging panel, hinted about the possible changes on the show earlier. He also disclosed the lack of chemistry among last year’s judges but seemed optimistic about “X Factor” Australia 2016.
Iggy Azalea is equally excited to be part of the show and considered it a homecoming of sorts. The rapper hopes to help other Aussies achieve their dreams by sharing her own success as an international artist.
Adam Lambert’s previous experiences as a judge could serve him well on “X Factor” Australia. It could also prove favorable to contestants who would fall under his wing. Billboard recalled his brief stint as judge on “American Idol” season 14 when he substituted for Keith Urban at the New York auditions. His two choices Jax and Nick Fradiani eventually made it to the top three with the latter winning the competition.