Exclusive: OWS aka Oritsé Williams: "Nick Grimshaw will add a new element to X Factor"

Published Thursday, Jul 9 2015, 14:10 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
OWS aka Oritsé Williams has said this year's X Factor judging panel is a "great" line-up.

Head judge Simon Cowell returns with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini this year, alongside new additions, pospstar Rita Ora and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw.

Oritsé Williams attends Day 2 of the New Look Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 3, 2015 in London, England.

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OWS aka Oritsé.

Oritsé and his former JLS bandmates Aston Merrygold, JB Gill and Marvin Humes were runners-up in the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008, and Oritsé has said the casting of Nick could be just what the panel needs.

"It's a great line-up," Oritsé told Reveal at this month's New Look Wireless Festival. "You've got Nick Grimshaw who is a radio DJ, which is a very important and new element to the show. These artists have to get ready for radio. Ultimately, once the show is done, the artists have to create records that radio stations will play.

"Having someone like Nick will help craft artists to get ready for radio and that's important."

X Factor 2015: Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw have been pictured on the X Factor judging panel for the first time. 8 July 2015.

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Nick (far left) on the X Factor judging panel at Manchester auditions this week.

Performing under the solo name OWS, Oritsé has waved goodbye to his JLS days and is hitting the studio writing more solo material following the success of his debut, 'Waterline'.

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