Daniel Bedingfield to judge X-Factor NZ

Daniel Bedingfield at Vector Arena in 2007. Photo/Kenny Rodger
Daniel Bedingfield at Vector Arena in 2007. Photo/Kenny Rodger

Daniel Bedingfield is set to join the judging panel on The X-Factor NZ.

The New Zealand-born pop star shot to international fame after releasing his 2002 album Gotta Get Thru This, which sold more than four million copies worldwide and went five times platinum in the UK.

Its title single topped the UK charts and went to the top 10 in the United States.

Second single If You're Not The One also shot to number one in the UK.

His career changed course after a horrific car crash near Whangarei in 2004 which permanently altered his voice and left him with a serious neck injury.

Bedingfield said he is looking forward to his part on the New Zealand talent show set to be screened on TV3.

"Sweet, I get to spend three months in New Zealand with a bunch of random geniuses, coaching them, and perhaps helping them live their wildest dreams...

"I've been voice coaching around the world for a little while and I find it particularly exciting to assist in the development of raw talent. There's something particularly refreshing about engaging with wide-eyed innocence."

Bedingfield is the second judge to be announced for The X Factor NZ after Australian singer Stan Walker. Dominic Bowden will host the show.

Two female judges will be revealed in the coming months, TV3 said.

- Herald Online

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