Robbie Williams gets cheeky with SydCon on the red carpet at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
THERE are plenty of celebrities in the world but only a small percentage have what’s known as ‘the X factor’.
It’s a term used by Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, who said Kate Middleton simply doesn’t possess that mysterious X factor.
“I met Mother Teresa — she had it, Pope John Paul II had it, the Queen has it, Diana certainly had it. Kate doesn’t,” Burrell told Nine News.
So which other stars do have it?
We asked some of Australia’s best known media identities to reveal which stars they’ve met that definitely have the X factor.
Angela Bishop — Network Ten’s entertainment editor:
If you want to talk about X factor, Jack Nicholson is your man. In the flesh, as on screen, you just don’t notice anyone else in the room. And if he sets his sights on you, the wicked gleam in his eye and the famous grin will have you spellbound in no time.
The first time I met him, I explained I was getting Signature Bears autographed to auction to raise money for The Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation. He grabbed a pen and said, “Breasts, Angela, great cause”.
Richard Wilkins – TODAY entertainment editor:
Over the years I’ve met many artists I’d say had the “X factor”. People who walk into the room and suck all the oxygen out of it in a heartbeat.
Despite their diminutive stance – Mick Jagger, Prince, Madonna, Kylie, Tom Cruise, Rod Stewart, Sylvester Stallone, Arnie, the One Direction lads, and a bunch of others turn every head in the room on arrival – and no one looks back.
It’s an indefinable quality. It exudes confidence, success, money, power and an inner glow of self-satisfaction.
Those who seek it for their own rewards, rarely achieve it. And all power to those either born with it or work hard realise it. Vive la X…