Louis Tomlinson | Return to X Factor

Last Tuesday, 'The X Factor' announced its new lineup of judges for the 2018 series and revealed that our own Louis Tomlinson would be joining the team. The position holds a certain weight for Louis, who, as we all know, found his start on 'The X Factor' in 2010 when he auditioned as a solo artist, and then advanced through the competition as part of One Direction with fellow auditionees Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Harry Styles.

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Of the new position, Louis expressed his excitement, noting in a Twitter video released on Wednesday to his 33 million followers that, “having come from the show, it always made sense for me to go on.”

Indeed, Louis has a proven track record of giving back over the last eight years. In addition to countless charity endeavors, Louis has taken on mentoring experiences in the past as well. He mentioned these briefly in his Twitter video, noting that, “[he has] always been really interested in mentoring, [he has] done things in the past with [his] imprint label, [Triple Strings Ltd.]”. Here, Louis is likely referring to his mentoring of an (officially) unnamed girl group, whom he found in 2015 when judging 'Be in the Band.' Throughout 2016, there were multiple reports of Louis working closely with the group in a mentorship role.

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Louis has certainly been making a splash with his mentorship duties with fan reports describing Louis as being supportive and encouraging of the auditionees. He told one contestant that he had to audition three times before he was accepted, then spoke directly to another who had received “no's” from every judge except Louis and, after Simon stopped one singer, saying that another song would fit her voice better, Louis reassured her that “we really do like you”. Most notably, on the third day of filming, Louis jumped on stage to comfort a contestant and provide a bit of advice and good will.

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Fans were initially concerned that Louis' extensive workload judging and mentoring on The X Factor could hinder the release of his highly anticipated debut album, However, in his Twitter video, Louis appeased these worries, confirming that “the album is still definitely my priority, and [doing the show] doesn't change any release time.” In fact, he hopes that the regular exposure to the UK public, as well as working so closely with up-and-coming music acts throughout his tenure, will help the album's release.

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Louis also assured fans that “[judging The X Factor is] something that's been on [his] mind for a number of years now” and after seeing how naturally he has taken to the role, we're glad to see that he's able to spread some cheer to the nervous singers auditioning this year. He also said that after speaking with his new management (Matt Vines and Mark Gillespie), he finally felt a positive push to accept the position.

With auditions are currently underway, followed by the Live Shows through to the final in early December, fans of Tomlinson have a lot to look forward. Getting to experience him mentoring contestants on the show as they await the release of his album and tour announcement; the future is certainly looking bright.

Written by Bridget | Edited by Rachel

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