X Factor 2016: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini 'has QUIT the show'

XFactor 2016 judges latest rumours

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Cheryl Cole is said to have QUIT The X Factor 2016 in order to focus on her own music.

The singer has reportedly turned down the chance to appear on this year's series after being invited back by Simon Cowell.

Cheryl has been a judge on The X Factor for five years, first between 2008 and 2010 and then again in 2014 and 2015.

The Sun newspaper now says that she won't be back this autumn, deciding instead to work on her new album.

“Cheryl told Simon of her decision at dinner last week in LA. They have had many discussions about the new series but she finally made up her [mind]," a source told the newspaper. “Her relationship with Simon is the best it's ever been and they both are incredibly supportive of each other

“Last year was one of her favourite series, she had a lot of fun mentoring her groups and enjoyed working closely with the production team on the show.”

A supposed pal of Cheryl's said that the Fight For This Love hitmaker was instead keen to go back to her music, with a new album planned for the end of the year.

It's also claimed that Cheryl will continue on The X Factor "in an advisory capacity" and will be invited to perform live later on in the year.

If the news is confirmed it means the second exit for this year's judging line up with Nick Grimshaw having already left.

Louis Walsh has been widely tipped to make a comeback but there's been few other rumours about who else could be appearing.

Filming with the judges for this year's X Factor isn't expected to begin until at least June, so we can expect a lot more weeks of speculation...

The X Factor 2016 will air on ITV later this year.

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