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The X Factor: Nile Rodgers to Temporarily Replace Robbie Williams

The music legend will sit in while Williams is on tour

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Music icon Nile Rodgers will temporarily join ‘The X Factor’ talent show. He will stand in for Robbie Williams while he’s away on tour.

Robbie Williams On Tour

Robbie Williams is presently one of the main judges for ‘The X Factor’. But he is reportedly going away on tour in Latin American for two weeks. He will have a busy touring schedule, including a show booked in Santiago, Chile on Monday (November 5). This means that he won’t be able to take part in Sunday’s (November 4) results show and the live shows on November 10 and 11.

Nile Rodgers As Judge on ‘The X Factor’

Due to this, it’s now been confirmed that Nile Rodgers will be substituting for Robbie as judge.

To account for Williams’s tour, ‘The X Factor’ will pre-record this Saturday’s live show for the first time in its 11-year history. But Nile will appear on ‘The X Factor’ on Sunday, sitting alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson and Ayda Williams. Moreover, he will also appear on the show as a guest judge the following weekend, on November 10-11.

Interestingly, Nile has also previously appeared as a guest advisor at Louis Tomlinson’s ‘Judges House’ for his ‘Boys’ category in Ibiza earlier this series.

He said:

“I had such a great time with Louis at the Judge’s House in Ibiza a couple of weeks ago that when the opportunity came to step in for Robbie I could not say ‘no’.”

He also added:

“From Chic and Sister Sledge to Duran Duran and Daft Punk, I’ve had great experiences with ‘Groups’ in my career, so I look forward to giving them as much support as I can while Rob is away!”

Controversy Surrounding Sharon Osbourne

However, it wasn’t Nile Rodgers who was supposed to originally replace Robbie Williams. It was actually former feature judge Sharon Osbourne. But after a foul-mouthed interview in which she apparently accused Simon Cowell of “underpaying” her, recruiting her was obviously out of the question.

Nile’s Role As Temporary Judge

As new judge, Nile could play a crucial role in deciding the fate of Robbie’s Groups. This would be especially true if one or more of them fall into the bottom spot during the results shows. ‘The X Factor’ bosses have also confirmed that Nile will hold a special masterclass for the Groups this week. He will spend Saturday at the studios working with Robbie.

Robbie will return to the judges’ table on Saturday, November 24. Plans for the weekend of November 17 and 18 are yet to be confirmed.

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