X Factor UK Season 11: See the First Pictures of the New Judging Panel


X Factor UK started filming the auditions in Manchester today and the Season 11 judges finally took their seats behind the blue desk. Host Dermot O’Leary and the new Xtra Factor host Sarah-Jane Crawford also appeared on the red carpet.

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh are 3/4 of X Factor UK’s best judging panel – Season 5-7 panel. Simon and Cheryl are back after 3 seasons of absence and Louis changed his original plan to retire after 10 full seasons on the panel so he could reunite with them. Dannii Minogue was the 4th judge back then, but now she is a judge on X Factor Australia, so Scary Spice Mel B took the last chair.

The X Factor UK Season 11 premieres on ITV in August.

Mateja Praznik

I study law at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In my free time I like to read books, watch TV and listen to music. I'm also a huge cat lover and I own 5 cats and a dog.
I cover X Factor UK for MJsBigBlog.com.

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  • TheGreatXL

    So good. ^_^

  • Face

    still can’t understand why after the awfulness that was last season, Simon hasn’t ditched Louis in favour of a younger male to join the panel…
    someone who would bring a bit of youthful fun, be a bit more musically relevant, maybe represent more pop rock, and be a bit of eye candy for female / gay viewers…
    also don’t see what Scary Spice adds…
    however if we didn’t have Louis I wouldn’t have minded it she was there to be the ‘novelty act champion’ judge… oh well, I guess it is a better panel than the last 3 years

  • Mateja Praznik

    Because Simon and Louis are old friends. Simon says he can’t do the show without Louis.

    Remember, he did fire Louis once – before the start of season 4, but then he quickly brought him back after a few hours of filming the auditions.