Simon Cowell’s dream X Factor lineup is Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh – what do you think?

Simon Cowell has reportedly admitted that he would have liked a mixture of old and new faces on the X Factor judging panel this year.

As things stand, hopefuls on the ITV show are being mentored by Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger but it seems that only two of those stars would have made it onto the 2012 series, if Cowell had gotten his way.

Tom Bower is preparing to release the second installment of the music mogul’s biography and speaking to Heat, he revealed that the TV boss had a very clear idea of who he wanted as judges this year.

he wanted to see Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh at the judging table apparently. Tom explained:

“His ideal line-up this year probably would have been Cheryl and Dannii with Gary and Louis. He would have very much liked Dannii there – he thinks that would have brought in a lot more viewers and it would have been a better show.”

It was recently reported that Simon demanded that ITV bosses woo Dannii back to the show, after he let her go last year in a bid to get Gary Barlow on board.

However, the deal didn’t get finalised as the TV channel were not prepared to pay any more than £2 million for Dannii’s involvement and the mum of mum was demanding £5 million to return.

Minogue returned to the UK from Australia last week and as well as launching her new line of Project D clothing, it’s been reported that she also met up with ITV boss Peter Fincham about future projects. Perhaps we’ll see her back in 2013.

On the other hand, a few weeks ago we would have insisted that Cheryl would never be back, after Simon sacked her from the X Factor USA last year. However, earlier this month she made a surprise appearance at Gary Barlow’s judges houses and assisted him in choosing his final contestants for the live shows. The pair have been close friends ever since they climbed Mount Kilimanjaro together for Comic Relief, so perhaps he could persuade her to make a more permanent comeback.

Gary can’t put that Celebrity Dad of The Year trophy down!

Meanwhile, Bower also told Heat that Cowell will definitely be back on The X Factor at some point in the next few months. He added:

“There’s no doubt he thinks he’ll come back for the final. The role that he’ll play will become clearer in a few weeks.”

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16 Responses to “Simon Cowell’s dream X Factor lineup is Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue, Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh – what do you think?”

  1. Shakalaka bumbum says:

    Sorry but this is a horrible ‘dream’ line up. Gary Barlow is bland and so is Danni minogue, they both were “plain” for TV! My perfect line up would be, Cheryl Cole, Nicole Scherzinger (only because I think Cheryl and Nicole would have made a great TV pair, especially since their eye candy for the guys) and Louie Walsh (as he is funny) and Simon Cowell (the X Factor needs him back, we need Nasty comments to auditionees to make the show watchable). Well that would be my line up.

  2. Arielle says:

    I think x factor was at its best in 2007 with dannii, sharon, louis and simon. Even when dannii and sharon didn’t get along it was still hilarious and super entertaining

  3. jacquie says:

    No more Cheryl cannot sing Cole please. Danni was always the better judge with her honesty. Cannot stand wartching Cole and Cowell licking each other during the programme (sic). I like the panel as it is without Tulisa, who is she anyway? giving people advice, no more qualified than I am to judge.

    • jerry lee says:

      Did you not see Dannii on her first series, or Sharon, or Amanda. They all did the same thing, Cheryl’s not the first, or the last.

  4. Cc soldier says:

    Erm no nicole sherzinger. she is one hell of annoying women. the panel should be Cheryl,Tulisa,Louis and Gary. the show would be the best it has ever been. without Cheryl that show is gonna keep flopping. XFACTOR NEEDS CHERYL BACK IMMEDIATELY.

  5. Cc soldier says:

    Erm no nicole sherzinger. she is one hell of annoying women. the panel should be Cheryl,Tulisa,Louis and Gary. the show would be the best it has ever been. without Cheryl that show is gonna keep flopping. XFACTOR NEEDS CHERYL BACK IMMEDIATELY. NO ONE CAN REPLACE CHERYL TBH. GET CHERYL BACK PLZ. THE SHOW IS BORING WITHOUT HER. NICOLE IS RUBBISH

    • Love Chez says:

      1000000000% Agree!! Nicole is the most annoying person on the planet! XF will never be the same without Cheryl. She was funny, sarcastic, cared about her acts, great eye for talent….I only watched to see Cheryl.

  6. lesley says:

    Well all this stinks, before 2012 x factor started they was struggling to find people for the panel, some was to greedy, hence why few temporary judges, Now all sudden they want old ones back. wish they would make mind up. then bosses would not have struggle.both dannie cheryl didnt want come back.

  7. mrs. a m jones says:

    Of course, our family want to see Cheryl – we are not watching X F so far since Cheryl left.

  8. missgiuly94 says:

    first i would get rid of louis…

  9. Lucy says:

    The thing is, not all the judges will want to stay on the show forever. People move on and the show also moves on too. It looks like Cheryl has moved on with her music career and Dannii wants to try a new tv project, which isn’t The X Factor.

    I admire Dannii, but I think it is right she is no longer on The X Factor, because I want to see her do some different tv, not the same old, same old X Factor show. I cannot wait to see what her next tv project will be.

    As for The X Factor, I still watch it, because I like to see the singers achieve the big dream and the journey. I am not going to stop watching just because there is a different judging lineup every year or two.

  10. Beth says:

    I haven’t watched X Factor since Cheryl Cole left. I thought she was brilliant on the show. So the line up should be Cheryl Cole, Simon Cowell, Gary Barlow and Tulisa. I don’t see what Louis gives to the show??

  11. Claire says:

    I haven’t watched the X Factor since Chezza left. My perfect line up would be CHERYL, SIMON, Louis and Gary.

  12. Jason says:

    Bring back Dannii,Cheryl,Louis and Simon. The original four were not only popular in the UK but were starting to be watched globally online and made headlines everywhere around the world – together they were gold.

    Pay them what you have to and watch the ratings pay off two fold, advertiser’s will love it and they will pay the top ad rate to be in the show ad breaks with those four behind the desk.

    Dannii, Cherly and Simon all performed so well and showed their realness and style on Pierce’s show and the ratings were high for all. I think together they made each other even more famous than they expected.

    Dannii has always been famous in Australia and they treat her like a daughter their (just as much as Kylie) because she was a child star and can do no wrong. I’n Australia she has always been under the radar cool and is famous and gets headlines when she wants it is quiet most of the time. She is admired on AGT with Brian McFadden, but The Voice Australia actually offered her a million to host with Keith Urban, Seal and Benji Madden but she said no to stay in Simons stable, she is very loyal,she really should be on XFactor Australia with Mel B and Ronan Keating not AGT, but let’s face it she needs the the UK Xfactor for global recognition.

    Simon get the original cast back, Cheryl has so much more to give and deserves her role back too – what a great and sweet woman she is!

  13. Jason says:

    And bring Gary in too and sit him next to Danni they would work well against the others, his a cool and funny guy and will bring some handsome to the panel too which is needed – sorry Louis.