Who are The X Factor 2016 judges? Meet the 'new' panel!

New X Factor 2016 judges confirmed

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After months of speculation and rumours, the new X Factor 2016 judges have been confirmed today.

Well, we say 'new', however all three of the replacements for Nick Grimshaw, Cheryl Cole and Rita Ora have been on the show before.

Meet The X Factor 2016 judges below...

Sharon Osbourne

sharon osbourne x factor

Renowned for her straight-talking, Sharon Osbourne was one of the original X Factor judges, appearing on the panel from 2004 to 2007 and then again in 2013. Of course, Sharon also has more than 30 years experience in the music industry, managing some of the biggest bands in rock.

Speaking of her return, 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


Nicole Scherzinger was a hugely popular judge on The X Factor in 2012 and 2013, securing victory in her first series with James Arthur and proving a huge hit with viewers for her enthusiastic and passionate approach. As a singer, Nicole has achieved global success, selling millions of records both as one of The Pussycat Dolls and then as a solo artist.

Nicole 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.”

Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh is 'almost certain' to be back

Music manager and X Factor legend Louis Walsh reprises his role on the panel, 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.”

And - of course! - Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

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


The new X Factor judges will start filming together later this month before the show returns to ITV later on in the year, hosted by Dermot O'Leary.

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