X Factor 2016: So it looks like THIS is the new judging line up...

X Factor 2016 judges revealed?

x factor judges

After months of rumours and speculation, we appear to be closer to knowing just who will be The X Factor 2016 judges.

At the start of this week, Rita Ora announced she had quit, following Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Cole.

It means an almost brand new panel as Simon Cowell returns alongside three new faces.

Well, not quite new.

Louis Walsh is 'almost certain' to be back
Louis Walsh is 'almost certain' to be back

The first 'new' X Factor judge is expected to be Louis Walsh who's said to have agreed a £1 million deal to return after a year out.

"He’s really excited about returning," a source told the Daily Mirror newspaper this week.

Joining him it seems is Nicole Scherzinger, another former judge who last appeared in 2013.

Her spot on The X Factor looks to have been unofficially confirmed by Andrew Lloyd-Webber who was left "furious" when Nicole cancelled on a production of Cats.

"A week before we were going to go into rehearsal with Cats on Broadway, which luckily I'm not producing, she calls me and says she's decided she wants to do X Factor, having agreed everything," the music composer complained this week.

He went on to brand Nicole "crazy" for the decision and said: "I'm furious because I really believe she's the most fantastically talented girl and I went out on a limb to get her for the London Palladium here, and it makes me look like an absolute twot with them all.

"But never mind, there'll be another girl on Broadway and Nicole will not get her Tony Award."

Completing the line up of judges is understood to be Sharon Osbourne, who joined Nicole and Louis on the 2013 series.

It was reported last week that Sharon was trying to make her schedule work although more recent marriage problems have apparently put a spanner in the works.

“It is an extraordinarily emotional time for her at present, and dealing with the X Factor is now on the back burner," a source told the Daily Mirror last weekend.

Sharon Osbourne may comeback... if Louis Walsh does
Sharon Osbourne may comeback... if Louis Walsh does

However all things going to plan, Sharon will judge alongside Nicole, Louis and Simon this summer.

Although as yet - officially - no decisions have been made and no contracts have been signed.

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