'X Factor' Judging Rumours Continue: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini 'Out', Louis Walsh And Sharon Osbourne 'In'??

Well this would certainly be a nostalgia kick, wouldn't it?

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.

<strong> Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at last year's 'X Factor' press launch</strong>
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at last year's 'X Factor' press launch
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This comes as rumours suggest that Simon is keen to bring back Louis Walsh to the panel, and may even draft in Sharon Osbourne as a judge, for a real blast from the past.

<strong>Louis and Sharon in 2007 (halcyon days)</strong>
Louis and Sharon in 2007 (halcyon days)
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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.

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