A joint post on Robbie’s Instagram read: “Sadly though it’s impossible to do everything… and we’re gut- ted to tell you. We won’t be able to return to The X Factor this year.”
But the couple added: “We will, however, be working on projects with Simon going forward – and as huge fans of the show, we will still be tuning into The X Factor, voting and wind- ing Simon up…x”
Singer Robbie, 45, teased that he and Ayda, 39, have some “big announcements coming soon”, and he has numerous other projects, including performing at Wynn Las Vegas hotel this summer for a residency that could be extended.
The news follows last year’s other judge Louis Tomlinson saying this week he is “less likely” to return to the judging panel this year because the show may clash with his album work.
Despite admitting he had an “amazing experience” on the talent show last year, in which his act Dalton Harris triumphed, the 27-year-old singer insists his main “mission” for 2019 is to release a solo record.
Cowell had already announced plans to revamp The X Factor this year after failing ratings.
He scrapped the auditions and is instead planning an All Stars version featuring contest- ants from previous shows as well as a celebrity show featuring soap stars and former winners instead of the public.
Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards, Cheryl, Rochelle and Marvin Humes and Emma Bunton are among the possible replacements.
An X Factor spokesman said: “We’d like to thank Robbie and Ayda for being part of a brilliant judging panel and joining The X Factor family and we are excited to see what 2019 holds for them.”
A source added: “This year’s The X Factor is going to be somewhat different so it’s no surprise there will be alterations on the panel as well as with the shows. We hope in time Robbie and Ayda may return to the judges, they are part of the show’s family now.”
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