With just two weeks to go before The X Factor filming kicks off, it’s crunch-time for Simon Cowell to secure this year’s judging panel. Gary Barlow has confirmed his spot, Louis Walsh and Tulisa are ‘days away’ from confirming theirs, but – shock, horror - Kelly Rowland is '95 per cent unlikely’ to return. Nooo! How will we cope without her 'you put it dooown!' comments and oh-so-fabulous gowns? FYI: you can swoon at her greatest sartorial hits in the gallery above.
A source told the Daily Mail last night that, 'Kelly was great in the auditions, but when she joined the live shows it just seemed that she didn’t really enjoy herself, and she wasn’t that popular with viewers.’ Ouch. Whilst Cowell and co hunt down Kelly’s replacement, the rumour-mill is buzzing frantically and all eyes are on another US singer, Katy Perry.
Katy is said to be first in the running for the coveted spot, but looking too busy to take on the job. She is, however, expected to take ‘some kind of role’, potentially a guest judge at auditions.
Of course it’s not Katy’s first time behind the most famous desk in Britain. In 2010 she covered ex-judge Dannii Minogue when she was on maternity leave. And the world famous pop star, 27, has performed several times on the live shows, too. Both Kelly and Katy wow-ed in the initial auditions though. We loved when Katy persuaded lifeguard Steven to strip off (click here to watch). And who could forget Kelly’s flirtations with Derry, who later went through to the live shows as part of boy band The Risk (click here to watch)? Check out their X Factor perfomances below and let us know which judge gets your vote...