Axed X Factor judge Dannii Minogue is reportedly set to join a rival singing reality series called 'The Voice on the BBC. According to The Sun, the Aussie judge is wanted by the Beeb for the new series after it proved a hit in the US - challenging both American Idol and The X Factor USA.
We've spoken about The Voice here on TellyMix a few times before, including featuring this brilliant opening number from the show's US judging panel. We revealed back in January that the format had been bought here in the UK, but as yet there is no official confirmation on the broadcaster who has obtained the rights.
The show sees a gimmick in the first stages of the competition whereby the judges sit with their back to the contestants, judging them only by their voice. Although, of course, just like The X Factor once the auditionees reach the point of performing for the judges they've already been through numerous 'pre-auditions'.
"Bosses really want Dannii, as she was hugely popular on the X Factor and really knows her stuff," a source told the newspaper. "She mentored Matt Cardle to the crown last year and is really good with contestants."
Meanwhile a BBC insider told the tabloid: "It is a really big hit in the US and we are looking to do our own version for next year.
"But the casting of judges is really important. It is all about getting the right people involved in order to make it work."
We find it quite hard to believe this story, not only do we think for a second that the cash strapped BBC is in a position to buy the format, but we don't think Dannii would be a good role for the show at all. The Voice works by having a panel of current chart stars - in the US the panel includes Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5's Adam Levine - Dannii Minogue, who last had a top 10 hit in 2005, doesn't seem to fit the role.
Here in the UK meanwhile and it's reportedly now a done deal that Kelly Rowland and N'Dubz star Tulisa will join Take That's Gary Barlow on the new panel alongside Louis Walsh.
The X Factor 2011 auditions start in Birmingham on June 1.