An ITV source has claimed that the broadcaster is "still in talks" with Simon Cowell about appearing on The X Factor 2011, following rumours he and fellow judge Cheryl Cole were to quit the programme. While no comment on Cheryl's position was made, a spokesperson dismissed reports Cowell was going to quite as "speculation".
A source told The Sun today: "ITV is still in talks with Simon about this year's show and discussions are going well.
"A final decision is still some weeks off about the final judging line-up."
Yesterday a report in a Sunday tabloid suggested both Cole and Cowell would be leaving the programme to focus on the US version of the show, due to launch in fall of this year.