The X Factor judges will be jetting off around the globe later this year for Judges’ Houses.
The annual field trip will see the four judges – Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Louis Tomlinson – take the six chosen acts in their categories to glamorous and exotic locations around the world to be whittled down ahead of the live shows.
Previous guests to join Simon have also included Mel B and Emma Bunton, Sinitta and new judge Louis Tomlinson.
Location: Robbie’s own house is in Kensington, but we don’t think the acts from his category will be headed there. So far, nothing has been revealed about Robbie’s destination for Judges’ Houses, but when it is we will report it here.
Guest judge: In the past, Robbie has often been the guest judge himself. Maybe he’ll enlist some of the Take That boys to join him, and bring Gary Barlow temporarily back to The X Factor? We can but dream.
Location: Actress Ayda is a Los Angeles native, so it would make sense for her Judges’ Houses location to be in the US. Although right now that’s just speculation – we’re still awaiting final details of her glamorous destination…
Guest judge: Her husband Robbie is going to be a bit busy choosing acts at his own Judges’ Houses. However, as a Loose Woman regular, we could be cheeky and suggest fellow panelist and X Factor alumni Stacey Solomon? Or maybe Janet Street Porter?
Location: Doncaster? If Ayda ends up in LA, it seems only fair that Louis heads back to the South Yorkshire town he grew up in, too.
Guest judge: Could one of the One Direction boys team up with Louis Tomlinson for Judges’ Houses? It’s certainly a possibility, and one which surely Simon Cowell would be incredibly keen to make happen. Either way, we’ll confirm all the names and locations as soon as we have them.
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