X Factor judges Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh have reportedly been asked to re-audition for their roles on The X Factor if they want to return to the panel this year. According to The Mirror the pair will have to take part in interviews, screen tests and more in order to get back on the show.
The move comes as the current UK production team move to the states to prepare for the first ever US series of the show. The new UK team is said to be looking at familiarising themselves with the judges as well as looking at ways to revamp the show and keep ratings sky high.
"Simon wants them both back on the panel because he loves the chemistry the pair has developed," a source told the newspaper. “The fact he has ordered them to re-audition and screen test for their jobs is something of a formality – both are assured of the position.
“However, it is still pretty galling and to have to go through the motions of explaining why they would be good for the role, and what they could bring to the position, is extremely frustrating. But Simon is determined to avoid complacency this series and wants all the judges to be at the top of their game."
The insider continued: "They are two of the most sought-after jobs in the industry so it’s only fair they apply for their places just like anybody else.
“During the application process, the duo will answer questions about mistakes they made in previous shows and in what ways they would approach mentoring in 2011 – things to help freshen up this series, making it bigger and better than ever.
"Dannii especially is pretty embarrassed about the whole charade.”
The first X Factor 2011 auditions started this weekend in London in front of producers, auditions in front of the judging panel are expected to start in May.