Fired ‘X Factor’ judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon’s replacements announced

Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte and I Am Giant drummer Shelton Woolright step in

Natalia Kills and Willy Moon’s replacements on the New Zealand version of The X Factor have been announced.

Neighbours star Natalie Bassingthwaighte and I Am Giant drummer Shelton Woolright will fill the ousted judges’ shoes.

Both took to Twitter to announce their appointments with Bassingthwaighte posting:

She added: “I am thrilled to be joining the X Factor New Zealand family and I can’t wait to begin mentoring my boys. We are going to have 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.”

Woolwright also said: I am absolutely stoked to be involved and I’m especially looking forward to working with the groups.

“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. This is going to be awesome, and we are going to win!”

Former Rogue Traders member Bassingthwaighte has four years’ experience as a judge on the Australian version of The X Factor.

The actress and Woolwright will join former Australian Idol winner Stan Walker and All Saints star Melanie Blatt on the judges’ panel.

Kills was involved in the recent “bullying” controversy which saw her lose her job as a judge on the New Zealand version of the show.

Both Kills and her husband, Willy Moon, were removed from by Mediaworks, the owners of X Factor broadcaster TV3 following a live show on Saturday (March 14) in which the pair harshly criticised contestant Joe Irvine following his performance.

The couple, who married in 2014, have both now apologised via their Twitter pages with Kills saying that she was “relieved” to break her silence on the subject.