X Factor 2016 judges CONFIRMED! Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne return

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The X Factor 2016 judges have FINALLY been officially confirmed today.

And it's JUST as all the rumours had said.

Rock royalty Sharon Osbourne, pop sensation Nicole Scherzinger and chart maestro Louis Walsh, will sit alongside The X Factor creator and music mogul Simon Cowell on the panel.

The judges’ auditions will begin on Friday June 10th at the home of the Premier League Champions, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in Leicester.

Speaking of her return for a third stint, Sharon said: “I’m overjoyed about going back to The X Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon. But most of all, I can’t wait to meet baby Eric.”

Nicole Scherzinger is also back for her third appearance behind the judges desk.

She said: “I can’t wait to be back in the UK and on the show with the best judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I'm excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having had winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it.”

Finally, Louis Walsh is returning for a record-breaking 12th series as a UK X Factor judge.

Talking about his comeback, Louis said: “He’d say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year! I’m delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole, and I’m looking forward to taking them all back to Dublin this year when we head there for auditions.”

Talking about the new series, Simon warned: ‘Be careful what you wish for!’

The judges are just one of numerous major changes to this year's X Factor.

It was confirmed earlier this year that Dermot O'Leary will be back to host the new series, replacing Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

Meanwhile, the arena auditions have been ditched completely in favour of a return to the more intimate room try outs.

However the 'cruel' six chair challenge is set to remain and become even tougher this year as it will now be the first time the contestants sing in front of a live audience.

The X Factor 2016 starts on ITV later this year.

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