X Factor contestant takes swipe at Ayda Williams – but she hits back


One act took a swipe at Ayda Williams in the opening episode of The X Factor 2018 this weekend.

Ayda has joined this year’s show alongside husband Robbie Williams and One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson.

The trio sat on the panel alongside Simon when the new series started on Saturday night.

Ross Alexander was one of the acts who took to the stage, starting with an impressive VT.

However his performance of The Thompson Twins’ Doctor Doctor didn’t impress the judges.

Ayda reacted: “Unfortunately the least interesting thing about it was your singing.”

Ross replied: “Do I detect some jealousy there?”

But Ayda hit back at eccentric Ross’ outfit: “What? Of the hat? I’m good thanks.”

Before the opening episode, there had been criticism over actress Ayda joining the show.

However, Simon insisted: “I can name you on one hand the good managers I know, you don’t have to be a music manager or an artist to be on this show. You have to have taste, good instincts, you have got to like people.

“The irony is that the public actually judge this competition. Ayda has seen the music business from a different point of view so she brings a different perspective to the panel. I think she’s amazing.”

Ayda herself said of her credentials: “I know that I’ve helped Rob for 12 years now, I’ve had to pick him up off the ground and lift him up. I’ve been part of every song choice for like five albums, every creative for his live shows, his tours, music videos – I feel like I’ve had enough experience with his career and my own career to make a difference with these contestants.

“I think I have very strong instincts and Rob trusts those instincts. I’m very passionate. With Rob, I think I’m also not afraid to tell him when I don’t like something. He’s in a position where a lot of people could tell him they like something even if they don’t. I am always incredibly straight forward, I say it with compassion but I stick to my word and carry it through.”

The X Factor 2018 airs Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.