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Ronan Keating Tapped as Judge of 'The X Factor' Australian Version

May 17, 2010 (3:41 am) GMT
The Boyzone singer says he will be firm but fair, 'maybe not as nasty as Simon Cowell', when sitting on the judge panel.

star is remodeling himself as a reality TV show judge - the Irish singer has landed a role on an Australian version of "". is planning to take his highly-successful British talent show to America next year, and is rolling out the format across the world.

The music mogul has already taken the show Down Under, hiring the boyband star as one of his judges - and Keating is delighted to have been given the chance to join the series, especially as Boyzone's manager Louis Walsh is on the panel of the original show.

He says, "I can't wait. It's an exciting new role for me. Louis Walsh has offered to give me tips. I'll be firm, but fair - maybe not as nasty as Simon Cowell." The job means Keating will now be based in Australia from June until November.

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