New X Factor judges named after Natalia Kills and Willy Moon fired

Former Blindspott drummer Shelton Woolright and Australian actress and singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte have been named as the new judges for reality TV show The X Factor following the firing of Natalia Kills and Willy Moon.

Sacked X-Factor judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon speak out after landing at Los Angeles Airport.

Three days after the sacking of Kills and Moon, MediaWorks, the company that produces the show, announced Woolright and Bassingthwaighte would sit alongside Stan Walker and Mel Blatt.

Woolright tweeted that he was "stoked" to join the X Factor family, adding that he couldn't wait to meet Walker, Blatt and Bassingthwaighte.  

Bassingthwaighte took to Instagram to announce her new role.


So this just happened.. NEW JUDGE ON X FACTOR NEW ZEALAND is........,, ME!!! @xfactornz

A photo posted by @natbassingthwaighte on Mar 18, 2015 at 8:18pm PDT

Kills and Moon were booted off the show following public outcry over their controversial comments on Sunday night's live screening.

A social media storm ensued after Kills told Joe Irvine on live television that he made her sick.

"It's disgusting, you make me sick, it's absolutely disgusting, you have no identity, I can't stand it, I'm ashamed to be here."

Moon supported his wife, adding Irvine's performance was "cheap and absurd" and he looked like "a serial killer".

They have since left the country for the United States after MediaWorks said the husband-and-wife were no longer the right people to act as judges.

Kills, who made her first public comments about the matter after arriving at Los Angeles Airport yesterday, today said she hoped Irvine would forgive her.

At last! I am relieved that I'm finally able to break the silence... xoxo

— NATALIA KILLS (@NataliaKills) March 19, 2015

Who are new X-Factor judges Shelton Woolright and Natalie Bassingthwaighte?

Kiwi Woolright came to prominence as a drummer with rockers Blindspott, and has since moved onto I Am Giant, spending plenty of time in the United Kingdom.

He was a favourite in the gossip mags when dating socialite Nicky Watson.

"I've been working with labels, filmmakers and publishers as well as producing I Am Giant and other bands for years and I can't wait to share my expertise with fresh eager minds," he said.

Bassingthwaighte took the Neighbours route to stardom, and has since forged a career as a singer. Her last album 1000 Stars debuted at top spot on the Australian charts. She has previous X-Factor experience, having judged four seasons on the other side of the Tasman.

"I am thrilled to be joining The X Factor New Zealand family and I can't wait to begin mentoring my boys," she said. "We are going to have the so much fun and I'm so excited to see their talents evolve. I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I hope will see them through to the very end of the competition."