A slew of X Factor promo materials dropped tonight. Besides some killer pics, we got several articles about Louis on the X Factor. One article talked about how Louis feels a "duty of care" for the contestants, especially since he's been through the process himself:
“I think it also helps having me there, I don’t think they have ever had anyone on the panel who has auditioned for the show. I feel a duty of care, I want to help people out.”
Louis is said to be “relishing” the pressure of mentoring acts and is excited about “trying to use my experience” to help new artists.
The next article is about how Louis reached out to contestant Anthony Russell after he left the show last year. Simon said:
"I knew that Louis had reached out to help him with his demons a long time ago. I think it says a lot about the kind of person Louis is, he doesn't brag about it, he doesn't talk about it, it's a very personal thing for him. He called me when he saw Anthony's audition last year and said his story had really touched him and he wanted me to put him in touch with him. Louis genuinely looked after him."
"Louis didn't know Anthony was going to come back to the show this year, he just did it because he liked him. It's a side a lot of people are going to find out about Louis, he's a really kind, generous guy, he really is."
Another article talks about how competitive Louis is and how he's in it to win it for his category and his group of contestants:
“I’m really competitive, I really am. I hadn’t really thought about it until the last couple of days of auditions. It was only then that it dawned on me that this is a competition and I’d like to win it! I really would like to win! “This is my first year and I’ve been all nice and friendly with the other judges until now, now I reckon it’s on and I’ve got a good chance of winning!”
“I just hope that they realize I am in it to win it and so is my category. I’ll be using my resources and my experience that I’ve gained over the last eight years to do exactly that.”
On whether he'll be making mischief on the show:
“Oh absolutely, I always like live TV. It always makes my team around me, my management, a bit worried, which makes it more entertaining for me! Simon’s clever at saying the right thing, if one of us on the panel says something good he just repeats it and passes it off as his own. But when it comes to the live shows I’m going to enjoy winding him up!”
Louis talked about how the show can change lives:
“All our lives changed completely that day, that’s the magic of this show. It’s always been the power of this show that one audition can totally change your life.”
X Factor starts airing September 1 and 2 on ITV and September 2 and 3 on AXS in the US.