I’m excited about 2013: The X Factor New Zealand is coming and it will be the biggest production TV3 has ever made. Dominic Bowden has been signed on to host the show and will return to New Zealand with an enormous wealth of experience having been in the US and worked on The Voice and The X Factor as well as hosting a prime time TV show over there.
However, the pressure really will be on TV3 to make The X Factor work. New Zealand has a terrible record when it comes to producing artists that go on to have successful careers at home, let alone abroad. Making sure artists who actually have “the x factor” will require a serious judging panel with the ability to spot it.
It should be pointed out that The X Factor‘s judging panel isn’t just about judging. More important than the role of judge is the role of mentor. Finding people who can help steer artists in the right direction towards stardom is imperative.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with three names who I think would provide international experience to an X Factor New Zealand judging panel and would have more than just financial reasons to come down under:
1. Natasha Bedingfield
This pop princess has a wealth of experience in the music industry with more than 14 million albums sold worldwide. She has an excellent connection with New Zealand: both her parents are Kiwis and she has family here. She’d bring a lot to the table with her positive outlook.
2. Printz Board
The Grammy Award winning producer for the Black Eyed Peas has been in town a few times due to his friendship with Kim Dotcom. He’s also worked with Natasha Bedingfield.
3. Stan Walker
Winning a talent show and going on to have a successful music career isn’t something that you’d normally associate with a Kiwi but that’s exactly what Stan Walker has done after winning Australian Idol. He’s popular, well-known and liked locally.
I’m still considering who should complete the judging panel. If only we could entice Mr Cowell to come down!
Who do you think would make a great judge/mentor for the show?