Robbie Williams blames Mexico trip for Acacia & Aaliyah’s X Factor failure

Robbie Williams blames himself for his acts’ poor performance in the final stages of the X Factor.

The former Take That star, 44, said that it was ‘delusional’ for him to think he would be able to guide his acts to victory while simultaneously touring South America.

Robbie underlined his mentorship of X Factor’s groups category at the weekend by reuniting with his own group, but the reunion fell flat with fans describing their vocal performance as lacklustre.

And his stewardship of the last group in his roster – Acacia & Aaliyah – also didn’t quite live up to his expectations.

They were voted off the show with social media sentiment citing an over-reliance on Stormzy’s material.

Speaking to The Sun , Robbie said of the duo’s song choices: “Had I been with them maybe I wouldn’t have had them perform Maniac.

“But from South America it’s difficult to feel the temperature of the performance.

“I watched it in Guadalajara in Mexico thinking, ‘I wish they hadn’t done that’. That’s down to me. My not being there cost them, I think.

Robbie went to to say that he still thought the pair would go on to enjoy success in the music industry, saying that they had done enough during their run on the show to ensure interested from a major record company.

In the absence of an act of his own to support in the final, Robbie surprised finalist Scarlett Lee by offering her a support slot at his upcoming Hyde Park gig, as well as raising a few smiles by accidentally wearing the same outfit as presenter Dermot O’Leary.

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