Cheryl Cole and Nicole Scherzinger wouldn't work together on The X Factor 2014, Simon Cowell has admitted.
It was reported earlier this year that it was a case of either Cheryl or Nicole for this year's panel, with Cheryl eventually winning out.
“She [Cheryl] isn’t keen on sharing the job with Nicole and could use that as leverage when it comes to negotiations,” a source said back in February.
They added: “If it comes down to Cheryl or Nicole – everyone would back Cheryl and she knows that.”
Speaking to the Daily Mirror today, Simon admitted that the reports were true (who knew, those sources don't always lie!) and the pair just "wouldn’t work well together".
The X Factor boss was coy about the identity of this year's other judges, saying instead: “The most important thing is we don’t think about who will like who on the judging side. The focus has got to be on the contestants – the talent or the lack of talent.
“That is what you are going to be talking about on Monday morning.”
But Simon did speak of Louis' return revealing that he wanted the Irish music mogul back but confessed that no contract had been signed just yet.
“I hope I don’t have to talk ITV round. I would like to think after 10 years Louis deserves a spot," he explained. “Wouldn’t you miss him if he wasn’t there? I tried it without him once and it didn’t work.
"He does make a long day fun and when he is on his game, he can do a really good job.”
Who do you want to judge on The X Factor 2014 this year? Have your say in the comments!
The X Factor airs in the autumn on ITV.
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