X Factor judge Mel B is after the boys or girls on the show this year... but a twist could be in store.
The Daily Star on Sunday newspaper reports that the new judge doesn't want to mentor the groups at all costs, concluding her best bet of winning is with the solo acts.
“Never in the history of the show has a judge been able to dictate what category they are given," a source told the tabloid today.
They added: “But Mel knows producers want to keep her happy so she thinks she might as well make demands.”
However Cheryl, who has only ever mentored both the Boys and Girls categories in her previous three years on the show, also wants one of the top categories.
The source said: “Cheryl and Mel are both at it. They know they have the power because viewers love them. Neither of them wants to get a dud category.”
But a new twist to the format being considered by show producers, the squabbling over the categories may prove wasted.
The Daily Star claims bosses are looking at giving each judge one act from all of the categories.
It could also mean the end of the Overs with the panelists getting a solo male, solo female and group to coach throughout the series and live shows.
An X Factor insider said: “This would completely change the show.
“As Simon Cowell is keen to do things differently this year, it’s a real possibility. It would give the live shows a completely new dynamic."
They added: “The general consensus last year was that the show looked stale and ratings dropped.
"But this would certainly refresh it.”
The X Factor begins next month on ITV.