We knew we were in for a reshuffle on the judging panel when the show returns to our screens later this year, but what we hadn’t anticipated was that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini might be stepping down from the show.
While Nick Grimshaw has already confirmed that he won’t be returning to the panel, and a question mark still hangs over Rita Ora’s ‘X Factor’ future, reports have claimed that Cheryl might not be back either, following what have been described as “crisis talks” with show boss Simon Cowell.
An insider tells The Mirror: “It’s a critical time and the talks will be a big factor in determining how the show looks this year.
“Cheryl will be the one who makes the decision on her future – she and Simon are great friends and he’s totally supportive of her decision, whatever that turns out to be. They’ve got the show’s best interests at heart and aren’t rushing into anything. The talks could continue for some time.”
However, we reckon Sharon coming back could be a tall order, given how vocal she was about not wanting to return to ‘X Factor’ following her brief return to the panel in 2013, where she mentored winning act Sam Bailey.
If Louis or Sharon do choose to return, they won’t be the only familiar faces on the new series, as host Dermot O’Leary is back to present, after a year-long “holiday” *ahem* which saw him briefly replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.