Who are The X Factor judges 2018? Latest rumour round up

x factor 2018 judges

The X Factor 2018 is on its way but who will be the judges this year?

Here we round up the latest rumours following the first news about the 2018 series.

ITV confirmed last month (June) that alongside Simon Cowell, three new judges will join this year's series while Sharon Osbourne will act as a fifth judge for the live shows.

Both Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh have quit the series, the channel confirmed.

Show bosses have described the change as 'the start of a new era' for the show, which will air its 15th series this year.

Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams

As yet, the names of the new judges have not been officially confirmed but The Sun reports that Robbie Williams could be one of them.

The tabloid says that Robbie has been involved in "secret negotiations" and producers are hopeful he'll sign up.

"Robbie has always been Simon’s dream signing," a source said. “Now it appears he’s finally going to get his man."

Joining could be his singer and actress wife Adya Field.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “She thinks doing the show with Robbie will be a lot of fun – particularly as she wants to beat her husband at his own game. She can’t wait to get started.”

Speaking about the rumours recently, Robbie said coyly: "There's a lot of me that would love to do it too but there's nothing there. Me and Simon and Lauren and the kids and little Eric hang out an awful lot and talk about a lot of things.

"Nothing's signed but watch this space and I guarantee you will be the first people I speak to about it."

As for who else could join the show, favourites include former judges Rita Ora and Dannii Minogue, plus current Britain's Got Talent Alesha Dixon and One Direction's Louis Tomlinson.

Craig David, Kylie Minogue and Mariah Carey are also touted as potential new faces to the ITV show, as well as former contestant and one-time host Olly Murs.

Meanwhile, it's not just the judges' line up that could see some changes.

Yet another shake up to the show may see the live shows go back to being Saturdays only.

It would be the first time since series 5 in 2008 - that Alexandra Burke won - that X Factor airs on Saturdays alone.

A further change being mooted, according to the Daily Mirror, is saying goodbye to bootcamp.

X Factor 2017 judges

Instead, acts would go straight from the auditions to the six chair challenge.

A source explained of the proposals: “One idea being looked at is whether getting rid of the Sunday show would allow ITV to put all its focus and resources into making Saturday night’s X Factor even more spectacular.

"Nothing has been decided but there are lots of ideas being thrown around.”

A spokesperson for The X Factor said: “No decisions have been made about the new series.”

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