Well, its certainly been a big week in the world of X Factor NZ. Firstly, thanks to everyone that’s sent through congrats for this job. I’ve gotta say I’m so excited to come home. Beyond the fact that I’ve missed NZ a lot, I cant wait to work with the team of talented people that we’ve put together. As anyone could probably guess, I'm really passionate about this show and working here in the States has put me in some pretty amazing environments. I can't wait to make the X Factor in NZ,to help celebrate our incredible talent and tell our great stories. I know everyone working on it genuinely believes we can find a superstar.
The thing that’s kind of blown me away is that Simon and his team over here are so hands on when its comes to this show worldwide. He has been so supportive of all of us and really helped to get the show green lit. I think people will be blown away when they find out what we have in store for the winner.
What I love about the X Factor is there are no rules. No age limit and most importantly because it's live. Live TV of this kind is so fun to be apart of and it’s been a long while since we’ve done it in New Zealand. You really don’t know what to expect and it’s those surprises that make it so watchable. It’s a fluid show, we plan as best we can, then let the journey unfold and the things you don’t see coming, that’s what the audiences embrace, that’s what keeps them watching.
Lots of people have asked for my advice on auditioning and I would say, it’s about self-belief. You have to believe you have the goods. It’s a tough show. You get one chance to impress, then add the pressures of performing live, the scrutiny from the public / media and of course the fact you’ll be up against a lot of other hungry performers - it's about who really wants it the most!
So yeah, I feel really lucky to come back to this wonderful opportunity, although now we have the tough part, who will I be sparring with on that judges table? There are so many strong facets to the New Zealand music industry, whether its Urban, Pop, Rock, all need to be represented and I’m sure there will be some serious clashing over what’s relevant and their definition of what’s good!
Whatever happens, we are in good hands. Here are some crazy facts about the show that’s about to hit our shores - its watched by 500 million people worldwide, the X Factor artists have globally sold over 100 million records, achieving 250 number ones, 270 Top 10, and 501 Top 50 hit records and Sony worldwide are right behind us to discover the next Kiwi recording artist. Cant Wait!