Outspoken X Factor judge Louis Walsh has claimed that this year’s series of The X Factor will only feature himself and Dannii Minogue from the current panel, with two new faces replacing Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. According to News Of The World however, ITV bosses are keen to keep the current line up intact.
The newspaper quotes Louis as saying earlier this week: “It will be me and Dannii (Minogue) on the UK show with two more people.”
However a show source revealed to the tabloid: “It will be a disaster if they both go. The bosses are desperate to find a way around it but it will be such a huge commitment being on both shows.
“Simon’s priority is making the US X Factor the biggest TV show in the world. Cheryl wants to have a life. She doesn’t want to spend two days a week on flights across the Atlantic.”
The judging line up for the US version of the programme has yet to be announced, however Cheryl has been tipped to join Simon stateside in a deal worth £3 million.
A spokesperson for Cowell would only confirm: “How his role with The X Factor UK will work is still being discussed.”
I’d take this with a pinch of salt, I doubt anything has been finalized yet and either way, Louis Walsh loves to run his mouth all the time.