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Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh

All of the current X Factor UK judges will return to the show in 2011, it has been reported. Despite Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell moving to the states to take part in the new American version, both will also continue to judge on next year’s UK edition alongside Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh.

It is also understood that UK host Dermot O’Leary will continue presenting the show after losing out on a role in the US version of the show which launches next year. A source told News Of The World: “Dermot will be completely distraught. He spent months in America lobbying to get this job.

“But there could only be Simon and an absolute maximum of one other Brit on the show. He wants that Brit to be Cheryl.

“He held out a lot of hope. He is a fan of Dermot and thinks he’s done a good job with the show in the UK.”

The newspaper claims that High School Musical stars Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens will be fronting The X Factor USA, a source explained: “They are two of the biggest stars in the States and will make American X Factor the biggest show in the world.”

Meanwhile it is understood former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger “is almost certain” to be the third judge alongside Simon and Cheryl, with Katy Perry or another American star like Paula Abdul or Mariah Carey joining the trio.

Back here in the UK and it’s said nothing will change, a source told the tabloid: “Simon’s focus next year is going to be on American X Factor so he doesn’t want too much change on the British show, especially as this year’s series has gone so well.

“Every year there’s a lot of speculation about Dannii’s job. But the producers have already started talks with her about dates for next year.”

However the source warned: “There’s a chance Cheryl may refuse to do both shows.”


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