X Factor bosses having "serious reservations" over hiring Tulisa and Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland

The makers behind The X Factor 2011 are reportedly having "serious reservations" over hiring N-Dubz singer Tulisa and US star Kelly Rowland for the show. According to The Mirror, bosses are concerned that neither of the pair are famous enough to replace either Cheryl Cole or Dannii Minogue.

One supposed insider source told the paper about Tulisa: “She is not a big enough name. She is not another Cheryl Cole or a Dannii.”

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With last year's show once again breaking rating records, the pressure is on to find the perfect line up to continue the programme's success. “ITV wants things signed and sealed but Simon is still changing his mind and thinking of new names," a "senior source" told the tabloid.

They continued: "The feeling is that without Cheryl and Dannii a big sexy female star is needed. If they end up with Tulisa and Kelly Rowland, who are the favourites for the jobs, fans will be very disappointed.”

We're not entirely sure who exactly the producers are hoping to find, there aren't many people - if any - that are as famous as Cheryl Cole right now, unless they're hoping for Pippa Middleton's bum to join the panel.

Last night ITV would only say: "We are very excited about this year’s show. We’ll announce the judges’ line-up shortly.”

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