The X Factor: Nicole Scherzinger to be axed?

Is Nicole Scherzinger set to be axed from The X Factor? File picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire Is Nicole Scherzinger set to be axed from The X Factor? File picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Sunday, September 16, 2012
11:18 AM

Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly set to be axed from The X Factor.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer was recently named as the fourth permanent judge on the ITV1 show, but bosses are already thinking about replacing her for next year’s series, with Mel B emerging as the favourite to take her place.

Producers are said to be worried as ratings for this year are down on last year’s so are planning a huge shake-up, which means there will be no guest judges and pushing the launch date back to September.

A source added to The Sun newspaper: “It maybe airs a little early and people struggle when they might be on holiday or enjoying the sunshine at home.

“And the guest judges just don’t work. It’s great for audiences who are watching live but it doesn’t translate well on the telly. People get confused as the line-up’s always changing from song to song.”

Former Spice Girls singer Mel has impressed viewers with her honest opinions when she was a guest judge during the audition stages but Nicole was given the permanent judging role alongside Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos.

And in a further blow to the show, Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler has said he will never let the programme use any of his music.

He said: “I get requests from shows like this wanting to use my music, but I refuse every time.

“I don’t want anything to do with such an inhuman process.”

Share this article


Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ilford Recorder on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Ilford businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ilford Recorder, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Celebrity / Showbiz See all

Drake has cancelled his Wireless London performance (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for ESPN)

Fans devastated after Drake cancels Wireless London festival

Rapper Drake has pulled out of his headline appearances at this weekend’s Wireless Festival in London, leaving fans devastated.

Read full story »