'X Factor' Cheryl Cole 'Refuses To Sit Next To Louis Walsh' On Judging Panel During Auditions

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The X Factor’ judging panel looks set to be as dramatic as ever for this year’s series, with Cheryl Cole reportedly refusing to even sit next to Louis Walsh during the audition stages of this year’s series.

According to The Sun, Cheryl has insisted she won’t sit next to Louis - who Simon Cowell revealed recently he didn’t even want her to return to the show - and instead brand new judge Mel B will be sitting between them to prevent any squabbles.

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Cheryl Cole

Despite having judged the show together for three years in the past, Cheryl and Louis have not seen eye-to-eye on a number of occasions in the past, namely after she publicly said she didn’t think he did a good job when he was the manager of her old band Girls Aloud.

According to Cheryl in her self-titled autobiography, Louis was more concerned with his other acts than looking after the girl group, forcing band member Kimberley Walsh to step up and act as a manager during the early stages of their career.

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Louis Walsh

And if that wasn’t enough ‘X Factor’ drama, it was claimed over the weekend that Mel has already had to put show boss Simon in his place, telling him she won’t be playing up to her “Miss Nasty” persona, or creating any unnecessary drama with fellow judge Cheryl.

All this… and auditions haven’t even started yet. We think it’s safe to say this could well be an explosive year for ‘The X Factor’.

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