The TV3 X Factor NZ website has confirmed the final two judges for The X Factor NZ.
British pop star Melanie Blatt (formally a member of All Saints) and kiwi singer-songwriter Ruby Frost will join Stan Walker and Daniel Bedingfield on the judging panel.
Blatt said: “I can’t wait to see what kind of artists and voices we are going to find in New Zealand. I’m sure there is a wealth of untapped talent waiting to be found and nurtured.
“I also cannot wait to discover New Zealand properly. My daughter is a HUGE Lord of the Rings fan. We are beyond excited about living there for a bit.”
Frost said: “I got my start in music through a live competition too, so I know what it’s like to battle with nerves for a shot at your dream,” she says.
“I just want to share what I’ve learnt over the past few years; about recording, working with labels and publishers, and breaking into the local scene.”
Melanie Blatt co-founded All Saints in 1993, which quickly became one of the most successful British pop groups of the 1990s; with nine top ten singles including global hits ‘Never Ever’, ‘I Know Where It’s At’ and ‘Pure Shores,’ the theme from Leonardo DiCaprio film The Beach.
Ruby Frost is one of New Zealand’s most talented rising pop stars. She captured the attention of the local music industry, and a recording contract in 2009, winning the inaugural MTV talent competition 42Unheard. In 2010, Ruby won the Grand Prize in the pop category of prestigious international John Lennon Songwriting Contest, with her hit song ‘Hazy.’