X Factor News: Nicole Scherzinger set to decline a position as judge

"Simon wants to know he's in safe hands this year"

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Even though the last series of X Factor feels like approximately 4 sleeps ago, speculation about the judging line-up for the 2016 show has been kicking off since before last year's final episode had even aired.

With Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini already having ruled themselves out for a return, the big question is who's going to be filling those two spare seats on the panel. Answer: probably not Nicole Scherzinger because she's way too busy performing in Cats to be a judge too. 

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Even though Nicole has apparently ruled herself out of this year's series, Simon is still keen on recruiting some other vintage X Factor names, with The Daily Star reporting:

"Simon wants to know he is in safe hands this year after last year's disaster. He wants everything to run smoothly. In his eyes that means a tried and tested panel rather than going for a big name who could be a risk."

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As for the age-old Louis Walsh question, Simon is said to be doing his best to assign him his old chair again: "Simon really wants Louis back," a source told the Sunday People. "He wants his friend back by his side like the good old days."

Gah, guess we're going to have to wait and see what happens.

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