Is this the X Factor 2014 judging panel?

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Rita Ora and Louis Walsh are bookmakers’ favourites to front the 2014 show


The X Factor has barely closed its doors on the last series, but the hottest gossip is now on who’s going to be joining Simon Cowell on the judging panel in 2014.


Oh yes, Mr Nasty is back and he needs three other judges.

Rumours today nod to the departure of former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. And Cheryl Cole has posted a telling picture of her and Simon on her Instagram account, so there could be a neat little swap there.

Throw in Louis Walsh (what would the X Factor be like if he actually left?!) and that leaves one spot left. Cowell could opt to entirely reboot the 2010 panel if he could get Dannii Minogue back on the panel.

There’s certainly a lot of love for Miss Kylie Minogue over on rival talent show The Voice. Plus, Dannii mentored Matt Cardle to his win in 2010 – the year Cowell is keen to emulate, due to it’s whopping viewing figures.

But according to the bookmakers, Cowell is going to call up Rita Ora, who has appeared as a guest judge on the show before.

William Hill puts the odds on this panel at 1/3 yes and 9/4 no.

Rumblings of a fifth judge have also re-surfaced. This of course turned out to be a standard join in at home app last year, so it’s not looking likely. However, if you fancy a bet on a fifth judge appearing on the first live show, odds are at 4/11 no and 2/1 yes. 

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Rita Ora and Louis Walsh – what do you think? Let us know in the comments below