X Factor 2014 judges face axe over poor ratings

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The X Factor 2014 judges could be axed with ratings for this year's series continuing to decline.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh face crunch talks with X Factor boss Simon Cowell and other show producers ahead of the live shows.

So far this year's series has rated well below last year's run and has had millions of viewers less than when Cheryl and Simon were last on the panel back in 2010.

And for the third time in a row this year, last night saw rival show Strictly Come Dancing come out on top in the weekend ratings battle.

The Sun on Sunday now reports that Cheryl, Mel and even Louis have their necks on the line as the show prepares to go live.

“This year we need to please everyone — the show needs to be bigger and better. We have to kill every other show. We have to do it because our necks are on the block," Louis revealed.

He told the newspaper: “Simon will do whatever it takes to make the show big, and he will fire someone if they didn’t do a good job.

"There’s no room for passengers. Simon wants to be the No 1 show. No matter what he’s doing he always wants to be No 1.”

Louis admitted that there was pressure on the judges from Simon to find a 'good' winner who would actually have a successful music career.

He explained: “There has absolutely been disappointment about winners in the past. But then the public pick, and if they pick people like Sam Bailey or that awful Steve Brookstein, then there’s nothing we can do.

“But having Simon back has changed things. He wants people who will sell records and be famous. That means more pressure on us — but it is a good pressure.”

The X Factor continues tonight on ITV with the end of bootcamp.

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