But back to the ladies. Cole has said from the start she’d like another woman on the panel and both Alesha and Mel B have experience of working on these shows. Former Spice Girl Mel B is currently on the panel of America’s Got Talent having been a full-time judge on Australia’s X Factor show. Singer Alesha meanwhile sits alongside Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent, her third appearance with him.
Both have been questioned several times on whether they’d join the singing contest. Alesha told chat show host Alan Carr she hasn’t “given it much thought”, while Mel B is reported to have said on Australian radio of the show, “British X Factor, who wouldn’t want to do that?”
The in-room auditions start around the beginning of June, so the full panel will be in place by then. But will it be Alesha or Mel B? As Walsh says, watch this space…
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.