Kelly Rowland is reportedly holding out for £1.5 million to appear on The X Factor 2012 later this summer.
There's less than a month until auditions for the new series are set to begin, but not all the judges have been signed.
But with Gary Barlow getting a pay rise, now set to pocket £2 million per series, Kelly is said to be holding out for more.
“Kelly wants the gig but she’s a big star and should be paid accordingly," a supposed insider said today. “She was a popular judge last year — the producers and Simon have said as much."
The source added to The Sun: “If they want to make her a serious offer then they will have to do just that... make her a serious offer.”
A production source however suggested Kelly's demand could be too much for bosses to afford.
“Yes, we would love to see Kelly back as she was good and people liked her. But we are never held to ransom over these things," the insider explained. “We never negotiate a deal based on what another member of the show is getting as that would be ludicrous.
“There is not a truckload of money sitting here to just hand out to people. Whatever we pay is a good salary and something they would struggle to get on any other TV show.”
It's understood that both Louis Walsh and Tulisa have already signed contracts for [cat]The X Factor 2012[/cat], although only Gary Barlow has so far being officially confirmed back on the show this year.
Auditions start in Cardiff on May 15.