There’s been so much speculation over who will be on the judge’s panel on the new US X-Factor, that we’ve practically forgotten about the UK version. Now that it’s been confirmed that Simon Cowell will be joined by music exec L.A. Reid, singer Paula Abdul and Cheryl Cole on the upcoming American series, we can now turn our full attention over to the UK version.
So, who will replace Simon? Who will replace Cheryl? Well, the big question now is who will replace Dannii Minogue? The 39-year-old Aussie shocked everyone by announcing she has quit the talent show, to focus on her commitments as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.
Step forward Tulisa Contostavlos… It has been revealed the N-Dubz singer will be replacing Dannii in the new series. That explains why N-Dubz abruptly announced they were taking a break.
Dannii explained she will no longer be a part of the popular talent show, as auditions conflicted with her work schedule. The mum of two released the following statement:
“I’m so disappointed that I can’t be a part of The X Factor this year. I’m going to miss the show.
‘During discussions for me to return it became clear that, unfortunately, the audition dates in the UK clash with my live shows of Australia’s Got Talent during June and July.”
2011’s X-Factor will now be fronted by Take That’s Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Tulisa and a yet-to-announced forth judge. That’s one hell of a major reshuffle. Whether fans buy into the new line-up, only time will tell, but a big CONGRATULATIONS to Tulisa on the new role.