X Factor 2014 judges: Simon Cowell to return with all-new panel?

Simon Cowell (Britain's Got Talent 2013)

X Factor boss Simon Cowell could return to the show next year with a brand new panel.

At least, that's what the latest bookies odds suggest.

As we approach the end of the year, William Hill's odds of what could happen on our tellys in 2014 include the high possibility of Simon's X Factor return.

He's 1/6 odds-on to make a comeback, with speculation already mounting after another poor series of the US show.

And the bookmakers are offering 13/8 that the panel changes completely next year, which doesn't seem too farfetched with Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne both already having quit. Those odds compare to those of 16/1 that the line up of judges will remain the same.

As for who could be replacing the pair, and possibly Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh too, a whole host of names are suggested and some are far less likely than others.

After Simon himself, Cheryl Cole is the next favourite to be walking the red carpet as a judge at next year's auditions, while Rita Ora, Robbie Williams and Olly Murs are all considered contenders.

Demi Lovato is a 25/1 shot, having announced last week that she had quit the US panel, while it's 33/1 that Jessie J joins ITV after quitting The Voice UK on BBC One.

More unlikelier panelists could be Sinitta, at 100/1, or a surprise return for Tulisa at the same odds.

Elsewhere in reality telly and there is all sorts going on. For example, it is 4/6 that Brice Forsyth hosts the 2014 edition of Strictly Come Dancing while at the other end of the spectrum, it is 33/1 that the UK will shock Europe (and the world) by winning Eurovision.

It is odds-on for there to be a male winner of the Apprentice and similarly it's likely that there will be a male contestant winning both Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother.

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