X Factor 2012: Bosses days away from announcing Nicole Scherzinger as Kelly Rowland’s replacement
Nicole Scherzinger has reportedly been offered the chance to join the X Factor judging panel.
The Pussycat Dolls star was only sacked from the US version of the singing talent show in January, after reports that American viewers found her too boring on the hit Fox series.
However, it has been reported that ITV bosses are mad about the brunette beauty and after she filled the spot temporarily in 2010 and again last week, when auditions hit London, they want to sign her as a full time replacement for Kelly Rowland.
Insiders have told The Daily Mail that contracts have already been exchanged and executives are just days away from announcing Scherzinger as their fourth judge, joining Take That star Gary Barlow, N Dubz singer Tulisa and Irish music manager Louis Walsh for the 2012 bootcamp, judges houses and live shows.
Sources told the newspaper that after ITV bosses were turned down by Dannii Minogue, they saw Nicole as the next best thing. They explained:
‘Nicole has always seemed more relaxed on the UK series. We love her and the judges love her. She seems very comfortable on set and at the auditions.’
The three panelists have been joined by Rita Ora, Leona Lewis, Spice Girls Geri Halliwell and Mel B, and US star Anastacia at the tryouts so far this year and other than mel B – who is a judge on Australia’s X Factor – the source added that none impressed producers as much as Nicole.
The source said: ‘No-one really comes close to Nicole. We’re discussing contracts now.
‘The only other person who is possibly in the frame is Mel.’
It is expected that Nicole will jump at the chance to join the UK lineup, despite the fact that she, Paula Abdul and Steve Jones were so easily discarded from The X Factor USA recently.
Simon could be hoping that she will find another One Direction, as she assisted he and Louis Walsh in putting the successful band together back in 2010.
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