Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh 'sign £1.25 million X Factor deals'

Dannii Minogue

X Factor judges Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh have reportedly signed deals which will see the pair return for the eighth series of The X Factor later this year. The duo are thought to have been offered a substantial pay increase - to a massive £1.25 million each - for their return to the show as Cowell and Cole leave the panel for the US.

According to the Sunday Mirror, show boss Simon Cowell believes the pair are the "­lynchpins of the British show" and believes the programme could struggle without either.

The paper claims Dannii and Louis will be joined by Robbie Williams and Nicole Scherzinger on a new look panel to be unveiled in the spring, as Simon Cowell and Cheryl leave for The X Factor USA.

A source told the tabloid: “There’s no way they’ll go off and forget about the UK show. Simon and Cheryl will be ­involved in some way during the UK series.”

Applications for the 2011 series of The X Factor are now closed, pre-auditions will begin in March with filming for the live auditions starting in May.

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