Oritse Williams: X Factor won't be the same without Simon

Oritse Williams

Oritse Williams

JLS singer Oritse Williams doesn't think 'The X Factor' will be the same without Simon Cowell on the panel.

Oritse Williams thinks 'The X Factor' will not be the same without Simon Cowell.

While the JLS singer - who shot to fame on the ITV1 show in 2008 when the group were runners-up to Alexandra Burke - thinks the new line-up of Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland is "fantastic", he believes the talent series needs the 51-year-old music mogul behind it.

Oritse exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "The line-up is fantastic and it's always going to be a big show on ITV if it's got Simon Cowell behind it. It won't be the same without him on the panel, though.

"There definitely needed to be some fresh faces in there and I really think they should re-vamp it every year. I've always said Gary Barlow should be an 'X Factor' judge, and it's nice to get an American judge in there."

Despite Cheryl Cole being sensationally axed from the US version of the show, Oritse thinks she is a "strong girl" and will use the opportunity to make a triumphant return to the UK.

Speaking at the launch of Virgin Active's London Triathlon Team earlier today (07.06.11), he added: "I feel for Cheryl but she's a strong girl and she'll come back to the UK and be welcomed back with open arms. She'll be fine."

The hunk also thinks show bosses should think about introducing a "JLS rota system" whereby the four-piece boyband each take a turn at judging 'The X Factor'.

Oritse joked: "I think they should do a JLS rota system, I'll do one week, Marvin can do another, JB can do one and then Aston can do one."


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