James Arthur puts himself forward to judge on The X Factor

James Arthur

James Arthur has put himself forward to be a judge on The X Factor 2018.

ITV confirmed earlier this month that alongside Simon Cowell, three new judges will join this year's series while Sharon Osbourne will act as a fifth judge for the live shows.

Both Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh have quit the series, the channel confirmed.

Show bosses have described the change as 'the start of a new era' for the show, which will air its 15th series this year.

With names of the new judges not yet confirmed, former winner James has put himself forward for a role.

James won the show in 2012 and recently resigned to Simon Cowell's Syco record label.

He told The Sun newspaper that returning to the show would be "a lot of fun."

“I could add some value for sure but I’d maybe be a bit too harsh and critical," James said. “I’d definitely be on the lookout for the X Factor.”

And James defended the series amid falling viewing figures.

“There’s a lot of people and talent out there and not much money or management. As long as there’s platforms like X Factor they’ve got a chance," he said. “It’s good to watch.”

Meanwhile, Robbie Williams has spoken about rumours he'll be on The X Factor.

He's said to have been involved in "secret negotiations" and producers are hopeful he'll sign up.

Appearing on ITV's This Morning today, Robbie said: "There's a lot of me that would love to do it too but there's nothing there.

"Me and Simon and Lauren and the kids and little Eric hang out an awful lot and talk about a lot of things.

"Nothing's signed but watch this space and I guarantee you will be the first people I speak to about it."

As for who else could join the show, former judge Dannii Minogue, plus current Britain's Got Talent Alesha Dixon and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, have been rumoured.

Craig David, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey are also touted as potential new faces to the ITV show.

The X Factor 2018 will air on ITV later this year.

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