X Factor welcomed popular new judges Robbie Williams and Ayda Field last year, but viewers were disappointed when the Take That favourite often had to miss live shows due to his gigs.
While bosses are reportedly keen to sign the couple up again this year, they’re said to be stressing that Robbie’s work commitments could get in the way once again.
According to The Sun’s Bizarre TV column, it looks like Robbie could be away for the start of auditions should he return as a judge this year.
The Let Me Entertain You singer is booked to be in Sin City on his Las Vegas residency until July 6 – but if auditions run on their usual schedule this could pose an issue for the ITV show.
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An insider told the publication: “Producers were impressed with Robbie and (his wife) Ayda last year and definitely want them back.
“But there’s a bit of a question mark currently over how auditions fit in with his Vegas residency.
“There’s talk of ripping up the schedule entirely to work around him. However, the problem is that if they do auditions in May that clashes with Britain’s Got Talent, which most of the crew also work on."
Usually, contestants first try out for the show in June, before the successful candidates face the judges in the weeks that follow.
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The insider added that pushing the auditions back to July might also be an option, although this would put producers under a huge amount of pressure to get the show completed on time.
Last year, viewers were quick to question Robbie’s absence after learning that he and Ayda had signed a £10million deal to appear on the show.
It isn’t just Robbie and Ayda who may face issues returning this series, as currently only Simon Cowell has been confirmed as a judge.
Despite being popular with fans of the show, Louis Tomlinson is also still yet to sign up, meaning his place on the show is not guaranteed.
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