X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger ALL to return next year

Published Thursday, Dec 1 2016, 10:03 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger are ALL rumoured to be returning to the show for its fourteenth series next year.

Fourteenth?! Yup, there really has been that many.

Louis, Sharon and Nicole all made a comeback to the judging panel this year, and according to reports, they'll be sitting back alongside Simon in 2017.

X Factor: Judges and Honey G react to caller on Xtra Factor


A source told The Sun: "Simon wants all the judges back next year. Contracts haven't been signed but negotiations are well under way. Nicole is keen because she loves the show and Sharon also wants to come back as long as she can keep up her crazy transatlantic travel schedule."

They claimed that Louis is also a dead cert for next series, as he managed to negotiate a "two-year" deal on his return.

He has been a part of the show since it first aired back in 2004, only taking a year's hiatus from The X Factor in 2015.

The source added: "Louis was axed last year in favour of Nick Grimshaw and Simon desperately wanted him back. That gave him the leverage to negotiate a two year deal, which is unheard of for the judges."

All of the judges each have just one act remaining on the current series of The X Factor.

Simon is mentor to Emily Middlemas, while Louis has boyband 5 After Midnight, Nicole has Matt Terry and Sharon's last remaining act is Saara Alto - after Honey G was sent home from The X Factor in week eight of the competition.

X Factor: Honey G is eliminated


X Factor: Honey G and Sharon Osbourne

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Rapper Honey G had found herself in the bottom two alongside 5 After Midnight and was given the boot, after the judges voted to save Louis' band instead.

Simon had the final decision, and while he was full of praise for Honey G, he claimed she had gone as far as she could in the competition. Since her exit, Honey G has claimed she would "really like" a record deal with Simon's label Syco - but he has insisted there have been no talks about signing the hopeful just yet.

Keen to make her mark on the music biz, though, Honey G has said she thinks she can be as successful as One Direction.

She said: "I'm kind of looking to come in at the level One Direction came in at. I know I can create that hype. I just need the opportunity to sell the records, get the right PR behind me, get the right team behind me that's really going to blow me up."

The X Factor continues on Saturday 3 December on ITV.

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