X Factor 2012: Simon Cowell wants Cheryl Cole to replace Tulisa

Cheryl Cole

X Factor boss Simon Cowell is reportedly after Cheryl Cole to return to the show next year.

The music mogul is apparently planning a big shake up of the series, which could see the panel changed for the third time in as many years.

The People newspaper reports that the latest idea could see Cheryl back alongside Nicole Scherzinger on another new line up of judges.

“Simon sees Cheryl and Nicole as the dream team. He believes those two women on the show would pull in ­viewers and make it so much more ­appealing than the current series," a source told the tabloid today. “Simon thinks people would watch it in their droves so he is currently lining up an audacious bid to offer her.

“He knows Cheryl won’t be cheap but more importantly he knows he needs to offer her the right role."

The source continued: “She has resisted going back despite him offering Cheryl the UK X Factor after the US situation went wrong.

“He doesn’t expect it to be easy but Simon likes a challenge.”

The supposed insider also claimed that Cheryl could alternatively replace Gary Barlow on the show, who is unlikely to return for a third series.

“Someone will have to make way for Cheryl’s return and it definitely won’t be Nicole. Tulisa could find herself for the chop or Cheryl could even replace Gary," the source claimed. “The current view is he won’t return to the show next year, probably through his choice rather than Simon’s.”

It was recently reported that Tulisa has been unhappy with all the rumours surrounding next year's series, with claims that she is set to be given the chop.

"After hearing the rumours, Tulisa is telling friends how she’s done with fame and wants to go out soon," a source suggested. “She says she just wants a husband and kids and wants to be a mum with no financial worries.”


The X Factor 2012 continues tonight with the latest results show, featuring performances from Ed Sheeran and Little Mix, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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