Nicole Scherzinger with X Factor US finalist Josh Krajcik
Oh, X Factor. For month they’ve kept us on tenterhooks over who will be the fourth judge. Now, after mass speculation, the most coveted spot on telly has been confirmed - and it’s Nicole Scherzinger. Hurrah!
Nicole will sit alongside Tulisa, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh who all took part last year. She replaces Kelly Rowland, who was axed from the panel.
Cast your minds back to 2010 and you’ll remember Nicole first wow-ing Simon Cowell when she filled in as a guest spot for Cheryl Cole when Chezza was struck down with Malaria. So impressed was Simon, he appointed Nicole, along with Paula Abdul and LA Reid to sit with him on the judging panel of the US X Factor when it launched last year. In a shakeup to this year’s series, Paula and Nicole have been replaced by Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
But back to our X Factor. As auditions have furiously been taking place up and down the country and veteran judge Dannii Minogue turned down a reported £1m to come back to the show, a slew of pop starlets including Rita Ora, Leona Lewis and Anastacia have ‘stood in’ for an as-yet-unconfirmed fourth judging spot.
Nicole was one of them. Her full-time position is due to be formally announced in a few days. A source told the Daily Mail; ‘We love Nicole and the judges love her. She seems very comfortable on set and at the auditions.’
Forget that, we just want to see who’s going to win the real battle; the wardrobe-off between her and Tulisa! Stylists at the ready…