THIS is who will be on the X Factor judging panel this year

19th Jun 17 | Entertainment News

The judges for this years series have reportedly been confirmed.

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It won't come as a massive surprise to hear that Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger are set to return to the X Factor judging panel this year. 

The former Pussycat Dolls star and rock matriarch were on the judging panel of the programme for the 2016 series, which was won by Nicole's act Matt Terry. They were joined on the panel by show boss Simon Cowell and fellow judge Louis Walsh, and the music mogul is said to have been so thrilled with the way the line-up worked last year that he has invited the same stars back for this year's show.

"The ­chemistry was perfect last year, so it's only natural to want to bring the same line-up together again," a source told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "It's usually hard to get people's schedules to align but for the first year it has worked out. The judges can't wait to get started and have already been gossiping behind the scenes."

Simon's decision to bring back the familiar faces came after he mixed things up for the 2015 show, asking Rita Ora and radio DJ Nick Grimshaw to join him and popstar Cheryl on the panel in a bid to attract younger viewers. The plan backfired though, and that year's season was one of the least popular in the programme's history.

While Nicole, Sharon and Louis are all said to have signed on the dotted line for the upcoming series, the 38-year-old singer may allegedly have to miss the first set of auditions for the show, following her aunt in America falling ill.

"Nicole is incredibly close to her auntie. She's one of her closest friends and role models, so she is devastated to see what her auntie is going through," the insider added. "While Nicole wants to give X Factor her full attention, she has to be with her family. It's a difficult time for Nic but The X Factor will provide her with a good distraction when she returns."

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