Nicole Scherzinger 'off X Factor judging panel'

Irene MckinneyApr 04, 2018

An X Factor insider is quoted as telling the newspaper that Scherzinger "won't be back this year", in order for Simon Cowell and show bosses to "bring in fresh blood".

Nicole Scherzinger has broken her silence after rumours she had been axed from the upcoming series of The X Factor.

X Factor veteran Louis Walsh has slammed reports he and Sharon Osbourne face the chop this year after it was claimed producers planned to drop them from the popular ITV show.

Host Dermot O'Leary said in recent months the show's format may be getting tweaked again: "We had a lot of twists in the last series but this time we're going back to basics".

Along with Cheryl, Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, Kylie Minogue, and Mariah Carey are all "potential" replacements for Nicole.

Walsh added that he had discussed the matter with Osborne, who said that "they can only sack us if they pay us", but added that she is yet to receive filming dates for the forthcoming series.

Louis continued: "I don't think they've finalised what they're going to do with the panel".

Sources have exclusively told The Sun that Nicole is set to be axed with Sharon and Louis not far behind.

Judges Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh are also reportedly not returning to the show.

"They were both bad on the panel a year ago".

Who will be returning to the X Factor panel? "Louis has had a great run, but he's advertising hearing aids for God's sake", they continued.

"And Sharon couldn't even remember some of her own contestants' names". She mentored her acts.

Earlier this year, bookmakers suspended betting on Cheryl - who has been on the show twice previously from 2008 until 2010 and then in 2014 and 2015 - making a return to The X Factor after it was reported she was "in talks" with show bosses.

Simon is reportedly eyeing One Direction's Louis Tomlinson or Craig David as replacements for Walsh.

He first left in 2007 only to be brought back later in the series. She'd be the last out of the studio at night.

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