X Factor 2014 judges: Simon Cowell wants Louis Walsh back – Cheryl Cole wants another woman

The returning judges are going to decide together on the other famous faces on the panel… but they already have different ideas


Not only is Cheryl Cole back on the X Factor this year, Simon Cowell is letting her help choose the other two judges.


And it looks like the pair could already be heading for their first disagreement. Speaking to Daybreak Simon said he doesn’t want Cheryl to have to sit next to someone she “hates”. But while he wants Louis Walsh back on the panel, Cheryl herself said, “I would prefer to have another woman!”

Of course they could have Louis and another female judge, so actually, this doesn’t have to be their first big bust-up since reuniting.

Cheryl also talked about the drama of her swift exit from The X Factor US, and Simon’s attempts to woo her back to the UK show, saying “There’s only so much begging one can take. It’s not nice to see a grown man cry so I finally succumbed.”

Simon himself revealed that once he decided he was heading back to the UK, he knew he wanted Cheryl there with him: “We had so much fun then and I think the way things have worked out, it feels like we’re starting again, coming back.”

“I held my hands up and said I made a mistake and I was sorry – and I was sorry,” he added, admitting that the duo’s firey relationship on the panel is part of what makes it work.

“If you work with somebody and you’re not comfortable to argue that’s a horrible way to work and we’ve always been that way, we’ve always argued but it’s being passionate about what you like and what you don’t like.”