X Factor 2013 judges: Tulisa is gutted about axe (unsurprisingly)

X Factor 2012 final Tulisa

Axed XFactor judge Tulisa isn't happy about getting the chop from the show, after producers apparently confirmed to her she wouldn't be returning this year.

It was reported earlier this month that Tulisa had been ditched from the series in a revamp of the show.

Reasons for axing Tulisa reportedly included her flop solo career, which she tried to launch on last year's show.

An insider told The Sun newspaper at the time: "Quite apart from her performance on last year’s show, you can’t have a singer whose album only reached No35 in the charts sitting in judgment on other singers.

“Tulisa has been on the panel for two years. She had a good run, but all good things come to an end.”

This week saw Tulisa meet with X Factor boss Richard Holloway, who confirmed she wouldn't be back for a third series.

A source revealed: “To say Tulisa is gutted is an understatement. She’s a bit embarrassed to be on the scrapheap when she delivered with Little Mix.

“She’s thrown away one of the most high-profile jobs in the industry as well as one of the best paid.

“But she simply wasn’t up to scratch last year and Simon Cowell had no real option.”

A spokesperson for The X Factor said that Tulisa and producers were "reviewing the year".


Amongst the names tipped to replace Tulisa are Take That's Robbie Williams, former judges Sharon Osbourne and Cheryl Cole and even Spice Girl Mel B.

Auditions for the new series are open now online at the xfactor.itv.com.

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