X Factor 2014: First picture of new judges together

Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Mel B and Louis Walsh settle in as this year's judges on the reality show


Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell are side by side once more as The X Factor Twitter account releases its first picture of the four judges together. 


Cowell is settled into his usual seat on the far right (for viewers), with Cheryl to his right (our left). Louis returns for the 11th time to the seat on the far left (anything else wouldn’t be right, eh?), while Mel B takes up the fourth and final spot (our left of Cheryl, her right – and if all these lefts and rights are confusing you as much as they are us, just look at the picture). 

The shot of the judges is from the in-room auditions in Manchester, where this year’s show kicked off. 

Cole and Cowell have been keen to suggest their feud over former X Factor shows is over. And while rumours have suggested Cole didn’t want to be on the panel with Walsh, her recent Twitter picture of them posing together backstage suggests otherwise. 

Is it going to be a series of feuds or friendships? Water slinging or water works? Give them a few more days and a few more bonkers auditions and we might start to get an idea…


X Factor returns to ITV later this year.