Louis Tomlinson Says Being an 'X Factor' Judge Won't Affect His Music: 'The Album is Still Definitely My Priority'

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Louis Tomlinson performs during the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on Sept. 23, 2017 in Las Vegas. 

Louis Tomlinson will take a seat on the judging panel on the upcoming season of The X Factor, as announced Tuesday (July 17). The gig comes eight seasons after he skyrocketed into super stardom from the same singing competition.

Fans, however, were a bit nervous about the fate of the former One Direction member's debut solo album, as judging takes up a lot of time. Tomlinson was quick to hope on Twitter to reassure his fans in a video message that music is still coming as planned.

"I just want everyone to not worry too much about the album. I mean, as I said today in the press conference, the album is still definitely my priority," he said. "It doesn't change release time or anything like that, me doing the show."

"I just thought, I've come from the show. It made a lot of sense for me to go on and I've always been really interested in mentoring," he continued. "It's something that's been on my mind for a number of years now and as soon as I got the assurance that it wasn't going to affect any of my music--actually, it was going to help it--then I could start seriously thinking about it."

See the full video below.