Simon Cowell wants The X Factor UK panel to remain the same this year

X Factor 2011 panel

X Factor boss Simon Cowell has said he wants to see the judging panel on this year's show remain the same.

Despite months of rumours, and names including Beyonce, Estelle and Katy Perry all being linked to the show, it seems that nothing may change after all!

Speaking to The Sun today, Simon explained he wanted Kelly Rowland, Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh all to be back this year.

It comes after reports yesterday suggested that Kelly hadn't quit, and was actually keen to return for a second series.

"My gut feeling is all four should come back," Simon told the newspaper.

Open auditions for The X Factor kicked off in Liverpool yesterday, with Dermot O'Leary back hosting the show.

The series will return to TV in August.

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