One of her contestants was the first top 12 elimination on last Wednesday’s night’s episode of The X Factor. But that hasn’t dented Natalie Bassingthwaighte’s enthusiasm any – with a new single incoming and plenty more surprises up her X Factor sleeve, we ask Natalie Bassingthwaighte about her first year on the judging panel, juggling the pressures of TV and motherhood and just when we might expect that new album.
Q : How did your inclusion on this year’s X Factor judging panel come about?
I was ready to do something with TV again and this ticked all the boxes. I get to mentor these contestants and really sink my teeth into it.
Q : And your thoughts on the show so far?
It’s fun. It’s been the most fun I’ve had on any job ever. It’s very emotional as well though, I laugh and I cry.
Q : How many of the contestants could take out the competition?
I’ve got an amazing group – Mitchell and Andrew are so unique and both are definite contenders to win it. I was sad to see Cleo go, she was gorgeous and it was hard because people didn’t get to see everything she could do.
Q : How have you coped balancing this crazy X Factor ride with being a mumma to little Harper?
It’s pretty crazy. It’s been all the travelling with the baby which was hard but now we’re filming, it’s easier.
Q : On a personal note, it’s been more than two years since you released your album ‘1000 Stars’. You’ve finally got something new for us…
I have a new single ‘All We Have’ out soon and just finished filming the video clip – I had a vision and it all came together so I’m really proud of it. I didn’t know if I would sing again but around Christmas, I realised I wanted to do it again.
Q : So an album… What can we expect, and when? Because you know you can’t be an X Factor judge and not have an album to plug – it’s the rules, you know.
Can’t tell you exactly when but it’s not far away – the single is out on Friday!
X Factor airs on the Seven Network Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30pm.
Natalie’s single ‘All We Have’ is released digitally this Friday (September 30).