Ronan Keating is moving to Australia. The Irish singer will be one of the panels of judges in the upcoming Australian X Factor. The Boyzone star is very excited about the new reality TV show and will join Natalie Imbruglia, former Australian Idol sensation Guy Sebastian and Sydney radio shock-jock Kyle Sandilands on the panel.
“I can’t wait”, Keating said, “it’s an exciting new role for me. Louis Walsh has offered to give me tips. I’ll be firm, but fair – maybe not as nasty as Simon Cowell.”
The decision to relocate to Australia for ‘The X Factor’ was easy for Keating.
“I’ve spent a lot of time in Australia over the years and I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of Australian artists and have been impressed with their talent, so I believe we can not only find the best star in Australia but an international star. Kylie, Natalie, Delta & INXS are some of my favorite Australian musicians. I grew up listening to INXS; Michael Hutchence was part of my make up as an artist and I always admired Michael’s style and talent. Kylie is dedicated, hardworking and a very free spirit – all the qualities you need to be a star.
I know I can teach the acts in my category how life really is in the music industry, how to take their talent and communicate it and take it to an international level. I’ll be very competitive on their behalf; if I champion someone and believe in something I want to take it all the way and I absolutely intend to”, he added.