The new X Factor 2011 judges have been warned that they face the axe if the show doesn't improve in the ratings. Gary Barlow last night admitted that Simon had been in touch with the panel, asking them to improve the show by 50%.
Gary revealed: "Simon said we need to work at the show and make it 10% better each week, so by the end of the series the show will be at least 50% better. That is what we are trying to do this week.
“We are all upping our game. There is always room for improvement. There can be better song choices, better styling, better performances.”
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, a show source warned: “The show and the judges in particular have to be a lot better this week.
“Simon will not tolerate another poor show this series. He has axed big names before and he will do it again if he needs to.”