With the sudden departure of Willy Moon and Natalia Kills from The X Factor NZ, we line up 10 potential replacements...

1. Anika Moa:

Anika Moa.
Anika Moa.

She helped teach prisoners to write songs in Maori TV's Songs from the Inside so she's more than qualified to mentor some reality show contestants locked in a house in Epsom.

2. Dave Dobbyn:

Dave Dobbyn. Photo / Greg Bowker
Dave Dobbyn. Photo / Greg Bowker

He's our musical Godfather, and one of the most genial musicians we know. His Yoda-like presence would be a great help in calming the waters on the troubled show.

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3. Kimbra:

Kimbra. Photo / Dean Purcell
Kimbra. Photo / Dean Purcell

Natalia kind of stole her haircut, so it's only fair she gets to take her place.

4. Gin Wigmore:

Gin Wigmore. Photo / Dean Purcell
Gin Wigmore. Photo / Dean Purcell

She certainly knows how to deal with the trolls. If we can't get her, then maybe Ginny Blackmore: similar name, she's apparently available, and she's already duet mates with Stan Walker so we know they'll get along.

5. Lorde:

Lorde. Photo / Norrie Montgomery
Lorde. Photo / Norrie Montgomery

Also knows how to deal with the trolls. And would undoubtedly offer some choice advice about how to cover her songs. Possibly, doesn't the money though.

6. Laughton Kora:

Laughton Kora
Laughton Kora

He did a brilliant job of acting like a troublesome frontman in local comedy series Coverband, so he'd fit right in.

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7. Boh Runga:

Boh Runga. Photo / Greg Bowker
Boh Runga. Photo / Greg Bowker

True she said rude things about these shows a few years ago. But it would be worth it, just to see Boh Runga mentor Beau Monga.

8. Ryan and Betty-Anne Monga from Ardijah:

Ardijah's Betty-Anne Monga. Photo / Stephen Parker
Ardijah's Betty-Anne Monga. Photo / Stephen Parker

Because they've already done a good job with Beau Monga (their son, who is a contestant). And because this competition so needs another married couple.

9. Jason Kerrison:

Opshop singer Jason Kerrison. Photo / Doug Sherring
Opshop singer Jason Kerrison. Photo / Doug Sherring

He's experienced from his New Zealand's Got Talent days and would be a very sensible choice. Very sensible.

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10. Russell Crowe:

Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe

Sings a bit. Friendly.

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- nzherald.co.nz