X Factor: Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne confirmed as judges

Published Wednesday, Jun 1 2016, 08:11 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
The worst kept secret in showbiz is out: the new X Factor judging lineup!

As widely rumoured over the last few months, the official panel was confirmed on Wednesday (1 June) as Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne.

So no surprises!

X Factor 2016 judging lineup: Nicole Scherzinger. Simon Cowell. Sharon Osbourne. Louis Walsh

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Simon returns as head judge and is the only judge on the panel to have remained from last year, after Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw all quit.

Louis is returning after a one-year hiatus. He was an original judge on the show but took a break last series. "He'd say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year!" joked Louis.

"I'm delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole, and I'm looking forward to taking them all back to Dublin this year when we head there for auditions."

(It had been rumoured Irish Louis told Simon a condition for his return was auditions being held in Ireland!)

X Factor judging panel for 2016 is confirmed: picture of the judges' chairs


Also returning is original judge Sharon, who said she can't wait to meet Simon's young son Eric, who is a familiar face behind the scenes on his dad's shows. "I'm overjoyed about going back to The X Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon. But most of all, I can't wait to meet baby Eric."

Sharon left the show at the end of series four, before returning for the tenth series and departing again.

Finally, former Pussycat Doll Nicole is also making a return. She previously guest judged before landing a permanent judging role in series 9 and 10. "I can't wait to be back in the UK and on the show with the best Judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I'm excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having had winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it."

Dermot O'Leary is back as host, after taking a one-year hiatus.

Judges' auditions begin on Friday, June 10 in Leicester.

We can't wait!