Recent revelations have seen Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell and Danii Minogue reveal that they will not appear on the panel of judges for the 2011 UK X Factor. This means that only one judge from the previous shows will remain, the Irish record manager Louis Walsh. Although this is yet to be confirmed as Walsh has still not signed a contract.
This weeks news that Minogue will now appear on the judges panel has brought great controversy from fans, with many suggesting that the show may be boycotted. X Factor has continued to be successful through the years with growing numbers of fans and large amounts of recognition from the general public. Although it now appears that the show may be losing its appeal to many; many lay the blame with Simon Cowell who is currently taking the show over to the United States. His influence within the UK version has been reduced and he will now head up the judges panel on the US series, hit sensation Cheryl Cole with be along side him on the judges panel. Cole had previously been on the UK version of the show and had been a big hit with viewers.
Rumours now surround who will replace the judges, pressure is being placed on ITV to release the information in order to settle the millions of fans. Although a spokesperson has announced that a decision has been made and that an announcement to the public is not imminent.
Music star turned entrepreneur Lily Allen had been mentioned by the press as a potential replacement for one of the judges. Her on screen banter many believed would lead to a successful role, although the star has categorically ruled herself out of the show. ITV have refused to mention whether they were pursuing Lily to be a judge.
Take That star Gary Barlow also appears to be a likely replacement with the press now tipping him to be announced as the lead judge. It is believed that the Take That front man has been offered a sum in the region of £1.5 million in order to take part in the show.