Former Fifth Harmony member Dinah Jane has reportedly signed up for The X Factor All Star series. Simon Cowell put together Dinah and her fellow members Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Kordei and Lauren Jauregui in a group for X Factor USA in 2012. Fifth Harmony placed 3rd in the competition, signed a record deal and released three albums before breaking up to pursue solo careers.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: “Dinah has a record deal but this is a great chance to let people see who she really is. She will be good competition.” The Sun also reports that X Factor Australia winner Samantha Jade is also set to compete.
Host Dermot O’Leary recently teased that the new spin-off would welcome back “a few of the winners, a few of the sort-of nearly winners and a few of the more eccentric people.”
Rumored to appear on the show, according to the Sun, are Alexandra Burke (winner 2008), Shayne Ward (winner 2005), Leona Lewis (winner 2006), Stevi Ritchie (2014) and joke acts Wagner,and Honey G. However past contestants Rylan Clark-Neal and James Arthur, have ruled out competing.
Additionally, Simon’s fellow American Idol panelist, Paula Abdul will join him and Louis Walsh as judges. “Simon feels comfortable sitting next to her and knows they’ll have a laugh and wind each other up, which will make for electric and entertaining viewing,” a source told The Sun. “Simon has handed her a lucrative contract to ensure she’s happy and it’s worth her while financially.”
Currently, X Factor Celebrity airs Saturday nights on ITV. Contestants competing for a record deal include Glee star Kevin McHale and Ricki Lake from Hairspray among others. This weekend’s episode will reveal which acts have made it through to the live shows.