Cheryl Cole Reveals She Returned To The X Factor Because She and Simon Cowell Had ”Unfinished Business”


Cheryl Cole has revealed she went back to the X Factor following her public sacking because she had unfinished business.

Speaking to the Times Magazine, Cheryl, who was sensationally sacked from the US version of the show in 2010, said she knew she’d return. “It felt like unfinished business,” she says.

“Because it was inevitable that we worked together again. It never felt like that was it.

“We’re too compatible.”Going on to say I just feel… new. I’ve took my two years and I’ve just grown. I’m a woman now,”

X Factor audience auditions begin in London on 1st August. Details on how to get tickets are on our X Factor page.

Is Simon Cowell Ditching The Deadlock By Introducing A Fifth Judge?


tm-simon1Reports today suggest Simon Cowell is introducing a fifth judge to the live shows who will mentor a brand new wildcard category.

It means this year’s series – which sees the return of show boss Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, as well as new arrival Mel B and veteran judge Louis Walsh – could finally see the demise of the dreaded deadlock.

While the usual categories of boys, girls, over-25s and groups are set to remain, four wildcard acts will also make it through to the finals in a surprise new twist to the ITV show’s format.

The Metro report the fifth judge is a toss up between Rita Ora and Mary J Blige.

‘Simon Cowell is planning on including a wildcard category which will be mentored by a mystery fifth judge,’ a show insider told

‘There was a creative meeting three weeks ago and plans are now being put into action.’

Explaining the reason behind the new addition to the panel, the insider added: ‘A fifth judge will prevent the deadlock and add some spice to the panel during the live shows.

‘Rita Ora and Mary J Blige are currently in discussions with show bosses.’

According to our source, X Factor Australia has already hired Aussie singer Jessica Maubouy, who was previously a judge on The Voice Australia. as its fifth judge for the live shows.

The addition to the hot seats mean gone are the days when the judges’ decision on which act goes through to the next week goes to deadlock and show host Dermot O’Leary is forced to turn to the public vote.

A further twist will see judges taking four acts each through to the live shows, unlike last year which saw judges Louis, Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne with three each. With the addition of the wildcard category, that means there will be 20 finalists heading to the live shows.

Our source explained: ‘The first two live shows will be held on Saturday and Sunday with two from each category performing on each night.

‘Four will leave in the first weekend; two on Saturday and two on Sunday.

‘The focus this year is to have the judges really battling with each other.’

When contacted by, a spokesman for The X Factor brushed off reports of a fifth judge as ‘pure speculation’.

Simon Cowell And The X Factor Judges Go To War In The New TV Advertisement


X FACTOR bosses are plotting to make this year’s series an all-out war between the judges.

A promo advert for the ITV show with a brutal army theme has been commissioned.

The big-budget campaign will see judges Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Mel B pitted against each other. Producers are convinced having the panel at war will make great telly and keep viewers hooked.

A show insider said: “Bosses want the judges to be at each other’s throats. They know that’s what viewers want.”

A top-secret ­document leaked to the Daily Star Sunday outlines ITV’s campaign.

It will carry the tag line: “Simon and Cheryl are back with the ­ultimate judging panel and this time they mean ­business.”

The ad will begin with Louis, emerging from an army of wannabe singers.

But moments ­later his competition will appear in the form of sexy new judge Mel B, who will shoot him an “icy stare”.

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Simon Cowell’s Surprise Birthday Present For Cheryl


Cheryl Cole got more than she bargained for on her birthday when Simon Cowell sneakily surprised her with a group of male strippers during X Factor auditions.

It was a case of X Rated Factor as six male exotic dancers and a dwarf turned up to strip and splash baby oil on the singer turned mentor for her 31st birthday.


Simon had told the Daily Record he had a special present for Cheryl, teasing: “It wasn’t difficult. I got her something she wants” and he kept to his word.

At around 7pm on Tuesday night the lads walked into the closed private auditions at the venue and presented themselves as boyband The Highland Fling.

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Cheryl Cole Is Not Impressed With Simon Cowell’s Prank!


Simon Cowell got his own back on Cheryl this week, according to the Sun newspaper Simon took a swipe at Cheryl’s ‘diva’ demands by liquidising her sushi lunch.

The blended fish mix was then presented by Simon to Cheryl during a break at the auditions in Manchester on Tuesday.

But sources behind the scenes say that Chezza “wasn’t impressed”.

Despite the gag, Cheryl and Simon’s fellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh has insisted that the new judging line up are getting along swimmingly so far.

Despite the fun and games off camera, Louis said earlier this week “It’s all going great. We’re going to get the fun back in the show,” he explained. “Simon is on top form and the talent is all good, with all new faces.”

Auditions continue in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh before moving on to the second stage in front of an audience next month.

Simon Cowell Adds Mel B As The Final Judge To The X Factor Judging Panel



Mel B Spices Up The X Factor!

Spice Girl Melanie B joins Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh. Dermot O’Leary is back as host

The nation’s most talked about entertainment show today (11th June 2014) confirms its brand new judging panel with Spice Girl Melanie B becoming the fourth and final judge.

As part of the biggest selling female group of all time and the cultural phenomenon, which was The Spice Girls, Mel B has notched up a stunning 80 million record sales worldwide, including nine UK No.1s. She also has five prestigious BRIT Awards to her name.

Mel’s signing comes after she appeared as a guest judge on The X Factor in 2012, where she lived up to her scary nickname with her straight talking approach.

Talking about joining the panel Mel B says: “I’m so excited to be joining The X Factor – I loved being a guest judge back in 2012. I’ve always thought honesty is the best policy when being a judge and that’s what I’m going to bring more of this year – whether it’s spotting an incredible singer, giving someone a reality check or debating with Simon over who’s got it wrong! Now I can’t wait to get started and find some amazing talent.”

The X Factor creator, Simon Cowell, says: “I am thrilled that Mel B has agreed to be a judge on The X Factor this year. I thought she was fantastic as a guest judge a couple of years ago. She is feisty, opinionated and, I believe, will be a great mentor.”

Mel B will join renowned music manager Louis Walsh, who returns for another series. As previously announced, they are joining Simon and pop princess Cheryl Cole, who both make a celebrated return to the show for the first time since 2010.

The judges will be joined by award-winning broadcaster and presenter Dermot O’Leary, who is back to preside over the talent, tears and drama, while providing support to the aspiring stars.

Louis Walsh says, “It should be a fun year this year with both Simon and Cheryl returning and I think Mel will keep us all on our toes, she is Scary Spice after all.”

Dermot O’Leary says, “Mel was great as a guest judge a couple of years ago and she certainly doesn’t mince her words. With Mel on the panel, along with Simon, Cheryl and Louis, I’ll have my hands full – we’re going to be in for an exciting year.”

Filming for the new series begins next week with an audition tour taking place in four cities across the UK – Manchester, London, Newcastle and Edinburgh. Once again hopefuls will have to tackle two sets of audition rounds, starting with the intimate closed rooms in which they find themselves eyeball-to-eyeball in front of the judges. If they impress and get three or more yeses, they must then sing in an arena to prove they can impress a live audience.