Like the Troublemaker singer, they’ve all had some sort of involvement in the show. But Cheryl herself came from the talent show circuit, so there can’t be complaints he’s not the right type of star for the panel. Olly fits the mould.
Remember Olly’s first audition in 2009? “I’m just a normal geezer,” he said before basically flirting with an entire auditorium with his rendition of Superstitious. Cheryl grinned. Dannii grinned. Louis bopped his head. Simon bopped his head. He showed off his biceps for heavens sake. And they loved it. Loved it.
Imagine the banter with Cheryl. An Essex lad and a Geordie beauty. Golden. Of course Simon would probably try to remind Olly he only got where he is today because of him. Especially if he tried to criticise Mr Cowell’s acts. It’d be far more entertaining than most of the singers anyway.
Unless that man who sang to the framed picture of his cat comes back.
And Mr Murs isn’t scared to stand by his own opinion. Last year he voiced his doubts about one of Gary Barlow’s favourite bands when he guest appeared at the Judges’ Houses stage. Gary got all nervous and furrowed his brow. Olly’s opinion mattered.
And he’s hip. Olly does that heart symbol with his hands in his advert. You know the one? Totally down with the kids.
Plus, this could pave the way for the panel to have just one female judge for the first time ever. Louis Walsh is surely coming back, right? He said he was leaving. Then sort of changed his mind. And has since kept quite quiet. Now Simon and Cheryl are back together he wouldn’t want to miss out, would he?
Let’s be honest, the X Factor wouldn’t be quite the same without Louis crying or yelling about everyone being a young someone or other.
Emma is RadioTimes.com’s resident reality TV expert and is most likely to be found chasing Simon Cowell down the street, cancelling her social life to keep up with the latest batch of sob stories and trying to get selfies with celebrities. Emma is a chat show addict and quotes Friends more than is probably healthy.