Boyzone star says he won't be as tough as Simon Cowell

Newly-separated Ronan Keating is to be a judge on a new Australian version of The X Factor

The Boyzone star will join Natalie Imbruglia, former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian and radio DJ Kyle Sandilands on the panel.

‘I can’t wait,’ Ronan, 33, tells the Daily Star. ‘It’s an exciting new role for me. 

Louis Walsh has offered to give me tips. I’ll be firm but fair – maybe not as nasty as Simon Cowell!’

Ronan will be based in Oz from June until November. He announced his split from wife Yvonne yesterday after 12 years of marriage.

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