Sinitta on Simon, Cheryl X Factor rumours: 'It's like Ross and Rachel'

Published Monday, Nov 4 2013, 13:40 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Sinitta has said she'd love Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole to return to X Factor as judges, but admits the constant speculation is starting to resemble a Friends storyline.

The long time X Factor friend joked to ITV's Lorraine that the saga of whether Simon and Cheryl will return is a bit like the long-running Friends saga of whether Rachel and Ross will get back together!

Sinitta appearing on Lorraine, 4 November 2013

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'Everyone is always saying, 'Oh, Simon and Cheryl, wouldn't it be great?' I would love that too. I would say it's not an impossibility apart from the fact he does another show at exactly the same time in America," she said, referring to his judging role on US X Factor.

Of course, as she pointed out, fellow TV talent judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli manage to film both Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars, its US version, at the same time, so never say never!

Speculation that Simon and Cheryl has been floating around ever since it was confirmed that current judges Gary Barlow, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh would not be returning for the next series. Fourth judge Nicole Scherzinger hasn't commented on her status.

Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, L.A Reid, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole of the X Factor
FOX upfront presentation - Arrivals
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Simon and Cheryl: will they return to the X Factor for the eleventh series?

Jennifer Aniston (as Rachel Green), David Schwimmer (as Ross Geller), Courteney Cox (as Monica Geller), Matt LeBlanc (as Joey Tribbiani), Lisa Kudrow (as Phoebe Buffay), Matthew Perry (as Chandler Bing)
Friends (NBC) season 1
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Is the Cheryl/Simon saga like the Rachel/Ross will they or won't they storyline?!

Gary announced his exit during a live X Factor show this year, while Sharon has always said she was only coming back for one season, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of X Factor. Louis, meanwhile, said in an interview earlier this year he was quitting, although recent comments have suggested he is having second thoughts.

Meanwhile, Sinitta told Lorraine Kelly that this is the first year of X Factor where she hasn't been involved in the show, apart from helping Louis Walsh choose his final boys at the judges' houses stage.

"I'm not actually involved in the show or mentoring the talent on this series but I'm still a friend of the show," she said. "I go down and hang out with the judges. It's the first series I haven't worked on the live shows."

Simon Cowell and Sinitta pictured at Britain's Got Talent wrap party held at 45 Park Lane - Departures. 13 June 2013


Sinitta says her relationship with Simon is great.

As for her relationship with long-time friend Simon, she insisted they're still rock solid despite reports they'd gone through a rocky patch earlier this year.

"Simon and I are okay," she said. "We're always okay."

Sinitta was on Lorraine to talk about research from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, which shows one in four UK adults think being over 40 is an obstacle to adoption.

The singer was in her forties when she adopted her two children and encouraged viewers not to let age put them off starting a family.

"Please find out about adopting children, if you're even thinking about it don't procrastinate. Get onto social services and just start finding out."