The X Factor 2016 judging panel revealed

The first line up photo is here

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After the inevitable months of speculation, rumour and plot twists, The X Factor 2016 judging panel has been officially revealed by ITV - and it's... well, it's what we expected, tbh. 

For a few weeks now all other names have sort of dropped out of the running, with all sources pretty much agreeing that big boss Simon Cowell would be joined by three throwback judges: specifically Sharon Osborne, Nicole Scherzinger, and Louis Walsh. 

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And that's exactly what's happened, with ITV sharing this pic on the offish ITV website, along with the headline 'THE WAIT IS OVER' - lending the occasion far more drama than is perhaps necessary. (Sidenote: do you think we'll ever learn how to spell necessary without Googling it?).

Featuring four director style chairs, the pics sees the judges names emBLAZONED across the back of each one, and tbh it's all a bit underwhelming. 

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NO WE'RE NOT SULKING BECAUSE WE WANTED LOUIS TOMLINSON. NO. YOU'RE SULKING. 

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Ahem. 

Nicole Scherzinger stirred up some drama with her return to the panel - dropping out of a Broadway production of 'Cats' and inspiring Andrew Lloyd Webber to call her a 'twot'.

Speaking about being back on Exey, Nicole said: "I can't wait to be back in the UK and on the show with the best Judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I'm excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having had winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it." 

Meanwhile Louis Walsh - who was ditched from the show last year along with host Dermot O'Leary, who is also now back - said: "He'd say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year! I'm delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole". 

As for Mrs O, she's more excited about babysitting duties, telling ITV: "I'm overjoyed about going back to The X Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon. But most of all, I can't wait to meet baby Eric."

So yeah, wrong Louis, but apart from that all very nice. Just not that exciting. Or are we being killjoys? TOMMO WHY DID YOU KILL OUR JOY?

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