It’s been claimed today that X Factor mogul Simon Cowell is set to return to the UK version of the show next year to replace judge Gary Barlow, who officially confirmed last night that this will be his last run on the hit talent quest…
However, it’s also been reported today that bookmaker Ladbrokes are taking bets on Simon’s fellow Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams being drafted in to X Factor to take the place of retiring judge and mentor, Louis Walsh.
First, The Sun’s TV Biz claims that Simon is set to return to the judging bench of the UK show after his attempts to make X Factor USA a huge hit have failed amid reports of poor viewing figures for the show which airs on Fox.
Last night, a TV insider told the paper, “Simon has done everything he can to make the American version work.
“But the UK show is the biggest X Factor in the world and he’d love to be back.”
Meanwhile, as mentioned above, Ladbrokes are taking bets on who will replace Gary and Louis – though judge Sharon Osbourne has also stated that she won’t be back next year either – and in a press release from the top bookie today, it seems that as of right now, Simon and Gary’s Take That band mate Robbie Williams are neck-and-neck at 7/1 for a place on the panel next year.
Ladbrokes adds, “It’s a 12/1 shot that Louis makes way for his favourite Westlife member Shane Filan.”
Rita Ora and Mel B are both given odds of 8/1 to become a permanent mentor next year, but unfortunately for axed judge Tulisa her days on the show are well and truly over as the bookies rate her as a 33/1 outsider for a comeback.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said, “With ratings falling behind Strictly and new judges to be found, the odds suggest Simon Cowell needs to, and will come back to rescue X Factor in 2014.”
Here’s Ladbrokes latest betting
To be a new permanent X Factor judge in 2014
Simon Cowell 7/1
Robbie Williams 7/1
Rita Ora 8/1
Mel B 8/1
Cheryl Cole 9/1
Mark Owen 9/1
Katy Perry 10/1
LA Reid 10/1
Geri Halliwell 10/1
Shane Filan 12/1
Danny O’Donoghue 12/1
Bruno Mars 14/1
Emeli Sande 16/1
Paula Abdul 20/1
Olly Murs 20/1
Rod Stewart 20/1
Leona Lewis 25/1
Demi Lovato 25/1
Sir Tom Jones 33/1
Ed Sheeran 33/1
Britney Spears 33/1
Tulisa Contostavlos 33/1
Brian Freedman 50/1
Noel Gallagher 50/1
Others on request
X Factor 2014 to go ahead
Who would you like to see on the judging panel next year?
For now, here’s a reminder of last night’s first live show of the new series…