Now, talk has turned to Cheryl’s rumoured eagerness to mentor the groups.
QUOTE FROM A SOURCE: “Cheryl has told Simon she wants the groups. She’s calling the shots this year, so it’s practically a done deal,” a source told the Daily Star, adding, “She’s determined to win”.
RADIOTIMES.COM TRUTH RATING: 5/10 The other idea sounded far more fun –dash the category idea and have teams. It’s a simple change, but one that could see even more in fighting among the judges with ‘my group/girl/boy’ etc it better than yours.
Good singers are one thing, but a rowdy judging panel? That’ll keep me tuning in for more.
And honestly, why would Cheryl want the ill-fated groups category anyway? There’s not a long line of success there. Sure the last time Cheryl and Simon Cowell were on the show they formed One Direction. But Harry and co didn’t actually win. JLS, Union J, Jedward… all from the X Factor family, but not winners.
Little Mix are the only ones to hold that title after their 2011 win.
The Little Mix girls were mentored by former judge Tulisa Contostavlos, herself from three-piece band N-Dubz, so perhaps Cheryl wants to draw on her Girls Aloud knowledge to do the same.
It’d be a pretty good comeback if Cheryl hops from winning with solo artists Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry to winning with a group. Who knows, maybe she’ll even find the next Jedward (we can but hope!)…
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.