X Factor 2014 rumour mill: Cheryl Cole wants to mentor the groups

Returning judge said to be eying the groups category for this year’s show

THE RUMOUR: Cheryl Cole wants to judge the groups category in this year’s show.


Another day, another X Factor rumour. Last week it was thought Cheryl wanted to switch up the format completely, with each judge mentoring a contestant from each category.

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!)…

X Factor 2014 returns later this year.