X Factor: Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue wanted for next year's panel

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue are both wanted for The X Factor UK next year, it's been claimed.

There's set to be a huge gap on the panel after this series, with at least three judges tipped to go.

Gary Barlow announced his departure live in last weekend's live show, while Sharon Osbourne has repeatedly insisted that she only wanted to return for one last hurrah, and even Louis Walsh - the only judge to have appeared on all ten editions - has hinted that his time is up.

Nicole Scherzinger is also reportedly set to quit, but has since denied those suggestions.

The mess leaves ITV in need of an almost new panel, and they want to return to the success of series past.

According to The Sun, bosses hope to get both Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole back on board, after they quit in 2011.

Simon Cowell is also widely expected to return, having quit to focus on The X Factor USA.

But both Dannii and Cheryl have previously insisted they wouldn't come back, with Dannii saying earlier this year: "X Factor is not part of my life, not now."

Joining Sky series Next Top Model, Dannii added back in March: “I think it will be interesting for viewers to see me do something completely different. I can’t wait to get back on British TV and I’m not nervous at all.”

ITV are apparently also keen to keep Louis Walsh on board, with hopes of reforming the old panel that saw the biggest ratings between 2008 and 2011.

For now, it's all just rumours, with The X Factor continuing its live shows next weekend on ITV.

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