New X Factor judges: Latest rumour round up

The X Factor 2016 judges latest news

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The X Factor 2016 kicks off its later this year and here's all the latest news about the judges.

So far it's only been confirmed that Cheryl and Nick Grimshaw won't be back, with no word yet on who will replace them or whether or not Rita Ora will stick around.

While Louis Walsh is said to be all but officially making a return, he said last month that no contract had been signed just yet.

Meanwhile Sharon Osbourne and Nicole Scherzinger have both been linked to the show although recent reports have put their potential places on the panel in doubt.

Sharon is said to be struggling to fit her work in the US with an appearance on The X Factor.

"She’s an incredibly determined woman, as everyone ­involved in The X Factor knows – but this looks ­almost impossible," a source told the Sunday People of the clashing schedules.

A spokesperson for Sharon since confirmed that the music manager IS in talks to join The X Factor again and is trying to make the dates work to agree a possible deal.

"She did it before," they said regarding the tough workload, "She's trying to work out a possible deal."

As for Nicole, it's been reported that she's set to snub an offer to return in order to join musical Cats.

The Daily Star reports that Nicole's move has "thrown a spanner in the works" and now leaves talks uncertain going forward.

Nicole saying no could confirm Rita's return for a second series but that could prove awkward if Sharon replaces Cheryl.

This week the veteran X Factor judge took aim at Rita and former judge Nick, saying that the pair were not "accomplished" enough to be on the show.

"They are very young," she told Gay Star News (via the Daily Star), "Nothing against them, but I think it needs more accomplished people."

For now, stick with us for all the latest and official news when it comes!

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

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