X Factor judge Louis Walsh is the only member of the show's panel who is 'guaranteed' to return to this year, it has been reported.
Louis' PA, and road manager of his act Jedward, Liam McKenna, revealed how Simon Cowell had backed Louis to return to the series in the summer.
"Simon said about three or four weeks ago that Louis is the only one who's guaranteed his place on the judging panel," he told the Irish Herald this week.
He added: "I love working on the show and I'd love to do it again so fingers crossed."
Liam, who has worked on the show for a number of years now, also backed Cheryl Cole to return to replace Kelly Rowland.
He said: "You really do miss her on the programme. As much as everyone loves Kelly Rowland, the audience didn't really have the same draw towards her as Cheryl.”
Auditions for The X Factor 2012 start next month.