X Factor’s Nicole Scherzinger may quit – but Louis Walsh will be back next year

Nicole Scherzinger has hinted she could be leaving The X Factor after this series.


However Louis Walsh will definitely be back, saying he has already signed up as well as Sharon Osbourne.

He told the Daily Mirror: “I’m signed for next year, so is Sharon. Let’s see about Nicole.”

Nicole told the tabloid: “If I don’t come back it’s not because I don’t love it.

“It’s because I’m a singer first. Every artist needs that time out to reflect.”

If Nicole does leave, it’s possible we may well get Cheryl back after her recent appearance as a guest at judges’ houses.

Cheryl’s partner Liam Payne spilled at the weekend: “Cheryl and Simon spoke about her going back next year. Obviously Simon is desperate to get her back.”


Ahead of Cheryl’s return to the show as Simon’s guest, Liam told The Sun: “Cheryl and Simon have such a lovely relationship. Obviously she’s been off for quite a long time with [their son] Bear but it was great for her to get back out and do the Judges’ Houses.”

But Louis doesn’t want to see Cheryl back, saying: “I would bring in Mel B, I love her, she’s a survivor. I love Nicole a little bit more, she’s my favourite judge.”

And Cheryl doesn’t seem totally convinced about reuniting with Louis.


She said of the current panel: “You’ve got some people that have experienced everything in there from being on stage to being the manager… And then you’ve got Louis.”

For now, The X Factor 2017 continues Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.