X Factor 2012: Nicole Scherzinger officially announced as Fourth Judge – Shock Horror!
After what has been months and months (but seems like years and years) of speculation, ITV have finally today announced that the fourth X Factor judge this year will be axed X Factor USA judge, Nicole Scherzinger.
The former Pussycat Doll, and long-term girlfriend of Brit F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton, Scherzinger has 15 million album and 37 million single sales under her experience belt from her part of one of the best-selling girl groups of all time!
After being axed from the X Factor USA after her first series in the hot seat, which she landed after the sacking of our Cheryl Cole two weeks into the job, Scherzinger became one of the firm favourites (despite what Geri Halliwell might think) to take the permanent job which has been filled by stand in guest judges throughout the audition stages so far, after former X Factor judge, Dannii Minogue turned down the offer of her old job at the 11th hour.
Nicole Scherzinger was one of these guest judges, after a successful trial on the panel back in 2010, when she filled in for Cole whilst she was ill with malaria, and was an instant hit with the British audience, when she filled in at the current London auditions earlier this month. She will reprise the role as of Monday 18th June at the Newcastle auditions all the way through to the final try outs in Cardiff on June 25th.
Speaking in an official statement released by ITV, Scherzinger said: “I’m so excited to join the UK X Factor family. It’s where I got my start, so it feels great to come full circle. I can’t wait to see what talent the UK has to offer and to help inspire and bring out the best in these artists.”
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV, added: “Nicole will bring her wealth of experience, both as a solo artist, and as a member of a group, to this year’s Judging panel. We’re delighted that she’ll be joining us for the forthcoming series.”
Richard Holloway, Managing Director, Thames, commented: “Nicole is an absolute star. She’s sold millions of records worldwide and she’s extremely well qualified as a Judge – she was brilliant when she stood in as a Guest Judge two years ago and again this year. We can’t wait to start working with her.”
Charles Garland, Chief Executive of Syco Entertainment stated: “We are delighted to welcome back Nicole to the UK X Factor. Nicole is a global star and proved to be extremely popular with viewers when she guest judged for the UK panel two years ago and it’s great to have her on the team.”
Nicole joins the judging panel, already boasting such talent as Gary Barlow, lead singer and song writer for Take That, Tulisa Contostavlos who is best known for her hip-hop group, N-Dubz and X Factor mascot Louis Walsh!
Tell us what you think of the decision to make Nicole the 4th X Factor judge below (unless you are Geri Halliwell).
The series returns to ITV1, ITV2 and itv.com later in the summer, 2012.