X Factor: Dannii says she and Cheryl were 'eaten and spat out' by the show

Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue

Former X Factor judge news! With the show back in the public eye again, Dannii Minogue has said that both she and Cheryl Cole were eaten and spat out by the programme after leaving this year. The duo, who both quit the show to focus on other projects, became good pals but both suffered at the hands of production tricks.

Dannii was forced to quit the show after schedule changes to fit Gary Barlow's Take That tour meant she would be judging Australia's Got Talent throughout auditions. Meanwhile Cheryl left to join Simon Cowell on The X Factor USA, but was brutally fired after filming just four audition shows.

Dannii said about Cheryl: "It's been a big year that she's been through with the American X Factor. She's been incredible to work with. She was always there as a support for me when I had tough days because it is a tough show. It does eat all of us up and spit us out at the end."

Explained her own exit this year, Danii said: "The dates of the filming got put back twice and I'd already started Australia's Got Talent by the time they said, 'OK, here it is - let's do the show'.

"It would've meant me flying back and forth from Australia once a week for ten weeks with a 1-year-old child.

"I'd just got out of hospital three days before having my appendix out and I was like, 'I'm sorry but it's not possible'. Until they can clone me!"

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