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?