Tulisa Contostavlos Axed From X Factor UK (Report)

Hey, X Factor UK fans: According to the Daily Mirror, Simon Cowell has fired Tulisa Contostavlos from the judging panel.

Tulisa, 24, was criticised by some for being “too distracted” with her personal life and for turning up late for a number of rehearsals.

A show source said: “Simon has always like to change things every year and Tulisa is going to pay the price for that.

“She wasn’t as committed last year as when she won with Little Mix in 2011 and someone has to exit to freshen the series up.”

Also, the source claims that ITV would love to ditch Louis Walsh, but Simon wants him to stay through the 10th anniversary season. Gary Barlow has hinted that he would like to leave, but the network folks at ITV are hoping he’ll come back.

Nicole Scherzinger is believed to be the only judge with a guaranteed spot after her guy, James Arthur, won the crown last season. And the singer was such a disaster here in the US!

X Factor UK has suffered ratings declines. According to The Mail, Simon is under pressure to right the ship. The upcoming season is his last in his current deal with ITV.

ETA (by Mateja): Reportedly ITV wants British popstar Robbie Williams (and Gary Barlow’s Take That bandmate) to join the panel. Read Daily Mail’s article here.

Last week, the original X Factor UK judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne reunited for a night out. Sharon left he show after season 4. Could she be on her way back?

  • elliegrll

    She should have been gone after her first season on the show, and the garbage that she pulled with Misha B.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    Good riddance.  I’ll never forgive her for the shit she pulled with Misha B.

  • Mateja Praznik

    So, the latest rumors say ITV wants Robbie Williams to join Gary Barlow. Gary himself bores me and I think he takes the show too seriously. That said, I do think there is some chemistry between the two.  I would also like it if Robbie replaced Gary on the panel.

    Maybe Simon should sign up Louis for XF USA? Simon and Louis have chemistry. Then they just need to find two ladies … Sharon could do it.

  • davedpg

    No to Sharon, the show improved a hell of lot without her.

  • Mateja Praznik

    Yeah, I’m not sure if I want Sharon back as a judge on the X Factor. She and Louis are fun when she appears as a guest judge at judge’s houses, but I’m not sure I want her back as a permanent judge.

    What we know:
    Simon isn’t returning to XF UK, unless the show gets scheduled for spring 2014 and I don’t think it’s happening. Then I guess they could do a reunion of the three original judges.
    Louis wants to do season 10 of XF UK, but he doesn’t want to be on the show forever. He knows his time to retire from XF will come eventually.

    LA Reid isn’t returning for XF USA season 3. When he signed up for the show, I thought the idea was to get a guy that would have chemistry with Simon (like Louis or Randy), but I don’t think the chemistry between LA and Simon was that great on TV. So, now they are replacing LA Reid. Simon is again looking for someone that he would have on screen chemistry with and Louis is the only one I can think of. Louis is a sure thing for Simon, but I don’t think unknown Irishman has a chance to get a yes from FOX.

  • maattt

    Awh if this is true it’s sad. I love Tulisa!

  • davedpg

    It looks like Dancing On Ice is getting scrapped at the end of this series, so there is half a chance for X Factor to go to spring 2014. 

  • http://twitter.com/facenfield David Facenfield

    i wonder if they are lining Shazza up for XF USA… she is no longer on AGT… she has experience as a judge on these kinda shows (XF UK and AGT)… she has chemistry with Cowell… its not as creepy when she has banter / faux arguments with him, as she has music industry experience (like him) and is of a similar age to him… then they could still have 2 young pop stars on the panel – male and female…

    I can’t see itv wanting both Walsh and Shazza on XF UK… that combo is not exactly likely to bring in the younger viewers

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    You know, I used to think it was the judges, but now I know it’s Simon.  On all his shows, it seems he cannot get along with his (female) judges.  It’s like a revolving door.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I loved her. She was my favorite judge. :(

  • durbesque

    Glad she’s gone gone gone.