X Factor: Dannii Minogue rules out return until ratings improve!

Dannii Minogue

Dannii Minogue has ruled out a return to The X Factor, saying it needs to get its ratings back up first!

The Aussie judge left the show along with Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell back in 2010, and since then ratings have plummeted.

A peak audience of almost 20 million watched Matt Cardle win the show two years ago, but now the series is struggling to get 8 million viewers on Saturday nights.

Once the highest rated show on telly, the series is now being easily beaten by rival Strictly Come Dancing week after week.

In an interview with HuffPost Celeb, Dannii was quizzed on the rumoured about her return.

Asked if she was considering come back, Dannii quipped: "Do you know, if we could get those ratings back up!"

She explained: "But all that pressure on my shoulders? I don't know. I'm enjoying life now.

"I'm kind of 'that was for a few years'. I think a lot changes when you have a baby. You kind of love what you do but put in perspective that everything has it's time and place."

It was revealed earlier this year that Dannii was invited back to the series this summer, but turned it down following headline after headline from Simon Cowell's biography.

Giving her opinions on what could be done to boosting the flagging viewing figures, Dannii told the website: "I don't know, I don't want to advise on that show. But it was amazing to get reaction on Twitter. Even when we were in the Middle East, I had all ex-pats stopping me and going, 'we miss you, come back!'.

She continued: "But it has to evolve and change and they're doing with it what they want to do with it and I'm not a part of that any more."


The X Factor continues with its live shows this weekend with a guilty pleasures theme.

Sunday's results show will feature performances from Alicia Keys and Olly Murs, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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