And so it continues! Tonight's latest X Factor update sees Nicole Scherzinger's exit from the show denied by her rep.
It was reported this morning that Nicole had left the series in order to focus on her music career.
"It breaks her heart, but Nicole is sad not to be able to go back to the show this year. She has agonised over this decision for months," a supposed pal of the singer's said. “She put her music career on hold last year but now she has to focus on her music.”
Another so-called pal (which seems to be a word only ever used by the tabloids), this time of X Factor boss Simon Cowell, added to The Sun newspaper (paid link) this morning: "She will always be part of the X Factor family.”
However a spokesperson for Nicole insisted: "Nicole hasn’t quit the show."
They added to the Metro newspaper: "She is still in discussions with bosses."
So that's that.
Simon insisted last week that the panel for this year's series was far from finalised, saying: "Despite all the rumours, ITV and the producers have not decided on the rest of the judging panel quite yet. You’ll just have to wait and see..."
A spokesperson for the show revealed that they didn't expect contracts to be signed until May, leaving us with a further two months of rumours and reports which will be fun.