“I understand what it’s like to have giant dreams and intend to help other young Australians achieve theirs by sharing my knowledge and developing their talent in collaboration with The X Factor,” the Sydney-born artist said in a statement.
Iggy will replace Dannii Minogue (sister of Kylie) on the talent show’s upcoming eighth season, though her fellow co-judges have yet to be announced.
With her sophomore album, Digital Distortion, currently in limbo and her Great Escape tour postponed until later this year, now seems like an ideal time for Iggy to pursue a new side project. She further spoke about the news on Good Morning America, admitting she was initially skeptical about it but is now looking forward to the new venture.
“I really didn’t picture myself being a judge on any kind of television show, but I think that this could actually be a good fit for me so I said yes,” she said. “Initially I didn’t know, but then I thought it would be good to come back to Australia and have an opportunity to spend some time there and obviously to see my family, who live in Sydney. So I think it will be a good situation for multiple reasons. I’m really excited and I don’t really know what to expect.”
The only downside? It looks like this new job will end up delaying Digital Distortion even further. Sorry, Azaleans.