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X Factor SPOILER: Robbie Williams reflects on troubled past on first episode

He’s set to make his official judging debut on the upcoming series of the beloved ITV talent show later this week.

But despite on work duty, Robbie Williams couldn’t fail to display his affection for his wife and co-judge Ayda Field, as they share a sweet cuddle during the first episode of X Factor, which will hit screens on Saturday.

In scenes from the hotly-anticipated premiere episode, the Lazy Days hitmaker, 44, is on the verge of tears as he reflects on his previous personal woes after listening to singer Janice Robinson perform her hit single Dreamer during an emotional audition.

Smitten: Robbie Williams couldn’t fail to display his affection for his wife Ayda Field, as they share a sweet cuddle during the first episode of X Factor, which will hit screens on Saturday

The singer, who joins his wife Ayda, 39, mogul Simon Cowell, 58, and Louis Tomlinson, 26, on the panel, is deeply moved after witnessing Livin’ Joy star Janice, 50, take to the stage with her single released in 1995 – a period when Robbie was addicted to drugs and alcohol following his split from boy band Take That.

Janice rose to fame in the 90s as the lead singer of Italian house group Livin’ Joy, and has since gone on to embark on a successful songwriting career.

According to The Mirror, the Let Me Entertain You belter reveals that the song resonates with him, as he states: ‘I could cry but I’ll try not to because I’m on the TV’.

Passionate: In scenes from the hotly-anticipated premiere episode, the Lazy Days hitmaker, 44, is on the verge of tears as he reflects on his previous personal woes

Passionate: In scenes from the hotly-anticipated premiere episode, the Lazy Days hitmaker, 44, is on the verge of tears as he reflects on his previous personal woes

Emotional: The singer is deeply moved after witnessing Livin' Joy star Janice Robinson, 50, take to the stage with her single Dreamer released in 1995 - a period when Robbie was addicted to drugs and alcohol after splitting from Take That

Emotional: The singer is deeply moved after witnessing Livin’ Joy star Janice Robinson, 50, take to the stage with her single Dreamer released in 1995 – a period when Robbie was addicted to drugs and alcohol after splitting from Take That

The father-of-two continues: ‘I was transported to a time, to a person I used to be, they were incredible times for me but messy times.’

Gushing over her performance, he adds: ‘Your voice and your song has been a major part of the soundtrack to my life.’ 

Robbie then puts on a loved-up display with actress Ayda, as the smitten couple share a warm hug during the first round of auditions.

Before and after: Janice rose to fame in the 90s as the lead singer of Italian house group Livin' Joy, and has since gone on to embark on a successful songwriting career (pictured left 1994)

Before and after: Janice rose to fame in the 90s as the lead singer of Italian house group Livin' Joy, and has since gone on to embark on a successful songwriting career (pictured left 1994)

Before and after: Janice rose to fame in the 90s as the lead singer of Italian house group Livin’ Joy, and has since gone on to embark on a successful songwriting career (pictured left 1994)

Star-studded: The rock star is joined by his wife Ayda, 39, mogul Simon Cowell, 58, and Louis Tomlinson, 26, for the brand new line-up

Star-studded: The rock star is joined by his wife Ayda, 39, mogul Simon Cowell, 58, and Louis Tomlinson, 26, for the brand new line-up

In the zone: According to The Mirror , the Let Me Entertain You belter reveals that the song resonates with him, as he states: 'I could cry but I¿ll try not to because I¿m on the TV'

In the zone: According to The Mirror , the Let Me Entertain You belter reveals that the song resonates with him, as he states: ‘I could cry but I’ll try not to because I’m on the TV’

Putting on a performance: Proving to be the star of the show, the outspoken musician joins contestant Andy Hofton for a duet of his chart-topping track Angels

Putting on a performance: Proving to be the star of the show, the outspoken musician joins contestant Andy Hofton for a duet of his chart-topping track Angels

Proving to be the star of the show, the outspoken musician joins contestant Andy Hofton for a duet of his chart-topping track Angels.

The star-studded panel appear to be in high spirits as they jam out to the lively show alongside the customer service advisor.

Beaming with delight over his new role, Robbie enthuses: ‘I love this job, making dreams come true, but crushing a few. It’s my job, I love this job!’

Hopefuls: During the first round of auditions, Molly Scott (L) performs James Brown's Man¿s World, while 15-year-old Kezia Povey (R) belts Callum Scott's You Are the Reason

Hopefuls: During the first round of auditions, Molly Scott (L) performs James Brown's Man¿s World, while 15-year-old Kezia Povey (R) belts Callum Scott's You Are the Reason

Hopefuls: During the first round of auditions, Molly Scott (L) performs James Brown’s Man’s World, while 15-year-old Kezia Povey (R) belts Callum Scott’s You Are the Reason

Impassioned: Bar singer Danny Tetley showcases his talent with his rendition of Jennifer Hudson's And I¿m Telling You

Impassioned: Bar singer Danny Tetley showcases his talent with his rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s And I’m Telling You

As the episode kicks off, head judge Simon appears pleased with his decision to enlist the help of Robbie in finding the next big superstar.

The Syco founder says: ‘Robbie’s incredibly smart. Having him sitting there for a lot of the artists who come out, bearing in mind how well he’s done over the years, they must be thinking, “That’s what I want!”

During the episode, Robbie – who is known for his outspoken persona – makes his preferences for contestants crystal clear as he reveals he wants hopefuls to have ‘personality’ in addition to stellar vocals. 

Eccentric: Boy band Jeff and Stefan of Miss Understood inject their unique pazzazz onto the stage as they perform their original track Juicy Fruit

Eccentric: Boy band Jeff and Stefan of Miss Understood inject their unique pazzazz onto the stage as they perform their original track Juicy Fruit

‘Give me personality or there’s zero point in turning up’, he says. Displaying his blunt critiquing style, he tells contestants No Label: ‘You’re called No Label but I think there should be an identity, you have no identity and I don’t know if you’ll get one.’ 

Robbie’s passionate display comes after Ayda recently revealed he had to ‘pick’ him up off the ground in the midst of his personal woes.

Speaking to OK! Magazine, she shared: ‘I’ve helped Rob for 12 years now, I’ve had to pick him up off the ground and lift him up.’ 

All eyes on him: Ross Alexander puts on a daring display during his flamboyant show

All eyes on him: Ross Alexander puts on a daring display during his flamboyant show

Ensemble: Livia & the Elementals exhibit their singing and dancing skills as they perform their original song Natural High

Ensemble: Livia & the Elementals exhibit their singing and dancing skills as they perform their original song Natural High

‘I’ve been part of every song choice for five albums, every creative for his shows, music videos’, the Los Angeles native continued.

Ayda and Robbie make history by becoming the first ever married couple to join The X Factor’s judging panel, in a deal reportedly worth £10million.

Amid the show’s dwindling ratings, entrepreneur Simon promised press that the couple, alongside fellow new judge Louis, ‘are going to bring a whole new energy’ to the series, which has been running since 2004.

Making their own rules: Ayda and Robbie make history by becoming the first ever married couple to join The X Factor's judging panel, in a deal reportedly worth £10million

Making their own rules: Ayda and Robbie make history by becoming the first ever married couple to join The X Factor’s judging panel, in a deal reportedly worth £10million

Revamp: Amid the show's dwindling ratings, Simon promised press that the panel, 'are going to bring a whole new energy' to the series, which has been running since 2004

Revamp: Amid the show’s dwindling ratings, Simon promised press that the panel, ‘are going to bring a whole new energy’ to the series, which has been running since 2004

The American Idol star added at the launch last month that he’s ‘tried to get Robbie on every show we’ve had for 18 years then it happened by accident. We went to my house and chatted on the balcony and did a deal.’

As for Ayda, Simon explained that when the US beauty interviewed him in LA for Loose Women, it was ‘one of the funniest interviews I’ve ever had.’

The new lineup marks the first time in the show’s 14 year history that there’s been three male judges on the panel, and just one woman. 

After the new panel was announced, Ayda was forced to defend her place as a judge, due to her lack of musical experience.

Making a change: The new lineup marks the first time in the show's 14 year history that there's been three male judges on the panel, and just one woman

Making a change: The new lineup marks the first time in the show’s 14 year history that there’s been three male judges on the panel, and just one woman

She said simply: ‘It makes it’s a little more exciting. I’m excited to be the underdog and show the boys how it’s done!’

While Robbie added to MailOnline: ‘Ayda is a member of the public too and they never get it wrong. It is fallacy that there’s a magic formula to what makes a pop star. If a member of the public was up here now their opinion would be as valid as hers.

‘Ayda is my rock and she’s looked after me though thick and thin. I would say every move I’ve made professionally has been made by my wife. I agree with her 95 percent of the time.’ 

The latest series of X Factor returns to ITV at 8pm this Saturday.

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