Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa, Gary BarlowWho will return to the X Factor judging panel? Rumours suggest that Simon Cowell will get rid of one or two of last year’s line up of Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Tulisa Contostavlos and Gary Barlow. 

Last year’s most popular judge Nicole Scherzinger has revealed she is yet to begin formal discussions with Simon about returning, but ITV bosses are desperate to keep her,

Despite reports to the contrary, Tulisa Contostavlos has not been officially axed from the X Factor panel. But although no decision has been made it’s thought she won’t return.

So who could step in? Sharon Osbourne may well make a return to the show. Mel B is another possibility, after the former Spice Girl made a strong impression by speaking her mind as guest judge.

And what of Gary Barlow? The singer is rumoured to have buried the hatchet with Simon, but as yet there’s no confirmation that he’ll be back in the hot seat.

There are whispers that X Factor chiefs want Robbie Williams to go head to head with his Take That bandmate Gary on a new-look judging panel. Robbie admitted the idea had ‘perked his interest’, but he also said the UK was ‘too cold for him’. Ever heard of a coat, Rob?

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