THE RUMOUR: As he starts shuffling his pack for 2013 ahead of the end of this year’s series, X Factor lizard king Simon Cowell is considering booting Tulisa Contostavlos out of the judging room. She’s been eclipsed by Nicole Scherzinger this year, accepted part of the blame for Ella Henderson’s tragic demise, and might have to make room for a returning Cheryl Cole.
QUOTE FROM A “SOURCE” WHO PROBABLY DOESN’T EXIST: “Tulisa has got to pull her socks up.” (The Sun)
RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 4/5. We can buy this. Tulisa might have been the winning mentor last year, but in terms of her judging comments, she’s never really been at the races. This time round she’s contented herself with forming a silly double act with Louis Walsh (there is only one Louis – we really, really don’t need a second one), becoming embroiled in fagashgate, which didn’t reflect well on anyone, and saying that nearly every performance is “on point”. She’s singing during the semi-final and perhaps performing rather than judging is where her future lies – especially if Cheryl Cole makes a comeback, because Nicole Scherzinger is surely unsackable.