The former Pussycat Doll is reportedly ready to sign a new deal to return to the ITV talent show’s judging panel, having previously sparked fears she would quit for a Hollywood film role.
It had been claimed Mariah Carey was in the frame to replace her on this year’s series, after Nicole was linked to a big-screen role in an adaptation of the musical ‘Wicked’.
But after holding crunch talks with ‘X Factor’ boss Simon Cowell at the weekend, both The Sun and The Mirror have reported Nicole has been convinced to return.
“There may be some clashes in her schedule due to other work, but if we can get these ironed out then she’ll be back on the show next year. Simon is keen to have Nicole back and wants everything signed off as soon as possible.”
An insider backed up the claims to The Sun, but their source added: “Mariah’s name is still in the frame and, given it’s ‘X Factor’, it’s safer not to rule anything out.”
She returned to ‘X Factor’ last year, frequently flying back-and-forth from the US throughout the series to fulfill her commitment to chat show ‘The Talk’.
She previously told OK! magazine she didn’t mind all the travelling, explaining: “My whole life is travel so if I hadn’t been here I would’ve been in South America with Ozzy so the travelling doesn’t bother me it’s that I had to keep going back each week for the show.”
‘The X Factor’ is expected to launch its 14th series on ITV in the autumn.