There really is a split between the X Factor judges on this year's show, and it seems Louis Walsh was well and truly decided whose side he's on, backing Tulisa over her row with Kelly Rowland. According to sources, the Irish music mogul has had enough of Kelly’s "bitchiness" towards the N-Dubz star!
It follows a week of arguments between the pair which both Tulisa and Gary have confirmed are very much real and not just tabloid speculation.
A source said: “It’s an open secret that the judges aren’t putting on a facade when they’re on air – they really do hate each other."
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, they continued: “Never has there been so much bitterness between the panel as this year, but what do you expect? Put two fierce females together, and of course there’s going to be tension.
“As the series has been going on, Tulisa and Louis have become very close. It’s like a father daughter relationship – and a father would do anything to protect their daughter."
And now Louis wants Kelly to be sacked from the show, the cheeky sod!
“Having been on the show for so many years, he has a bit of weight to throw around, and he’s been talking about how well the X Factor could cope without Kelly," the source explains.
“There’s already been rumours about yet another shake up of the panel next year – or even before the end of this season.
“And with Simon pledging to Louis that his job is completely safe, Kelly would be the first person he’d like off. He really respects Gary and loves Tulisa – so who else does it leave to go?”
As long as Alexandra Burke isn’t a permanent replacement...