X Factor rumour round-up: Louis for Strictly, Simon to return and Sharon changes her mind

The judges set tongues wagging before the return of the singing talent show

Saturday night telly is yet to be invaded by the giant X, but that does not (of course) mean rumours about the X Factor judges and contestants haven’t already begun. Here are some of the latest…


Louis to defect to Strictly Come Dancing

Long-time judge Louis Walsh has already revealed that this will be his final series perched behind the judging panel and there are now rumours he’s found his new home… on Strictly Come Dancing.

Yes, the rival show. The one on BBC1, yes. The one show that will probably make Simon Cowell stop talking to him. Forever.

Walsh isn’t even set to go over to the shiny-floored space as a judge, he’s apparently told the Daily Star, “I am going to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing. But I am saying no more than that.”

Bruce Forsyth will be pleased. After all, legend has it Louis politely told Brucie in 2010 that he thought the long-time presenter shouldn’t be alive at his age…

No guesses who’ll be getting the tightest sparkles then Louis.

Sharon booed for shattering contestants’ dreams

Settling back into her judging role, Sharon Osbourne is said to have riled the crowd when faced with the task of axing acts who thought they’d already made it through to judges’ houses.

An insider told the Sun that six contestants were sat on seats on the stage at boot camp, believing they were through to the next round. But judges were then given the power to make last minute switches, sending bemused candidates packing. 

Osbourne apparently called on her fellow judges to help make her decision, with the crowd booing as she made her choices.

The feisty judge replied, “How very dare you. How rude. How dare you do that to the ‘Mother’. You are so rude.”

But Osbourne’s not fazed. Of course not. She tweeted, “I love my category, I love my contestants and I love @TheXFactor.”

That told them, didn’t it?

Simon to make a comeback

As judges swap in and out almost as often as the chairs spin on rival show The Voice, there are also rumours the X Factor is eager to tempt head honcho Simon Cowell back to the panel. Cowell’s PR Max Clifford admits that Cowell “gives it an extra quality” but his US commitments mean he “simply can’t be in two places at once.”

Of course, other names are already being thrown around to replace Walsh in 2014. Gary Barlow’s Take That pal Robbie Williams, who regularly joins Barlow for judges’ houses, is quickly becoming a hot favourite.

Watch this space…