Final 2 judges announced for The X Factor NZ

Willy Moon and Natalia Kills will join Melanie Blatt and Stan Walker on The X Factor NZ judging panel in 2015, TV3 has announced.
Moon is a Kiwi-born, New York-based recording artist. His track ‘Yeah Yeah’ was used by Apple for its iPod campaign and he has supported Jack White on a tour of the UK.
“After my guest performance on The X Factor NZ last year I understand the thrill and the pressure that the contestants experience up on stage,” he says.
“I’m looking forward to being a judge and I’m excited to discover the true talent that New Zealand has to offer. We’ve always punched above our weight creatively in many fields and have shown especially in recent years a capacity for producing world-beating music and film.”
Kills, real name Natalia Cappuccini, is a singer/songwriter known for gritty, autobiographical lyrics. Born in Bradford, the UK, she’d moved to Hollywood to start a music career by the age of 18.

Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am signed her to his imprint at Interscope Records before she released her debut album, Perfectionist. She subsequently toured the world supporting artists such as Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and the Black Eyed Peas.

In a first for The X Factor format, judges Moon and Kills are husband and wife.

“The new season of The X Factor NZ is going to be wild!” says Kills.

“Last year when I released my album Trouble I had the time of my life in Auckland. I never knew there was such a dynamic creative scene there. Besides, ever since I married Willy Moon I’ve had a burning curiosity to find out more about where he’s from and what makes Kiwis so irresistible!”

Judges Moon, Kills, Blatt and Walker will be joined by host Dominic Bowden on the 2015 series.

Pre-auditions for the series wrap up on November 2 in Auckland at Alfriston College, Manurewa from 10am – 5pm.

— 3 News

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  • Roger Dodger

    Never heard of the new girl, and Willy Moon – wow. Good times.

    • Tina

      ^ Natalia is Mrs Willy Moon. Should be good, having two spouses competing against each other.

      • Regan Cunliffe

        newly weds too

  • Trevor Ashman

    Why can’t we get big stars for judges? BOO 🙁

    • Tina

      Willy Moon had the really catchy song Apple used in one of their campaigns a couple of years or so ago.

      • Roger Dodger

        Having an apple song is pretty much the kiss of death. Anyone remember Steriogram?

  • Shannon Ryan

    Husband and wife judge duo… that might be an X Factor first!

  • Roger Dodger

    So Benny Tipene is more successful in NZ then most of these judges.

    • Jack

      Look at everyone winge. Benny Tipene isnt successful to be honest haha only well known in NZ.

    • poiuytrew

      I didn’t know he toured with katy perry

  • bobscoffee

    Who, and who??