The former Union J member has revealed exactly what he thinks about the new line up...

Last week The X Factor unveiled its brand spanking new-look judging panel for the 2018 series which will be made up of Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams, Ayda Field and Simon Cowell.

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And while the whole nation is undecided whether the latest batch of musical experts will be a hit when the show returns later this year, now former contestant George Shelley has revealed exactly what he thinks.


The 24-year-old – who appeared in the ninth series of The X Factor back in 2012 as a member of boyband Union J –  was mentored by show veteran Louis Walsh and has admitted things just won’t be the same without him.

‘It’s obviously the biggest change in line up since X Factor,’ George told us.

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‘We’ll have to wait and see. Louis was obviously my mentor on the show when I was with Union J so it feels like the end of an era!’

Revealing whether he’s still in touch with the Irish mentor, George then added: ‘I saw Louis last year at the X Factor final when I presented. It was really cool to go back and see him and be back in that atmosphere again.’

This comes after George recently released his comeback single ‘Technicolour’ – a song he tells us got him through a dark time in his life.

The former I’m A Celeb star’s sister Harriet, 21, was tragically killed in a road accident last year and George took 12 months out of the music industry following his family tragedy.

Speaking about getting back into work, the star said: ‘Last year was really tough and I would never be able to deny that fact. 

‘I needed a year off to gather my thoughts and reflect on what had been a crazy six years in this industry. I figured out music is what I want to do so I just had to get myself together.’

George is also working with the BBC on a documentary which details the hurdles he’s recently faced.