Simon Cowell is planning a fifth judge for the X Factor.

by Lisa McGarry

Simon Cowell is reportedly planning to add a fifth judge to the X Factor judging panel.

Huge controversy was caused on the ITV1 talent show last weekend when Cheryl Cole refused to choose between Treyc Cohen and Katie Waissel, leading to Treyc’s elimination from the show.

Simon Cowell – who is joined on the judging panel by Cheryl, Dannii Minogue and Louis Walsh – now reportedly wants to spice things up with the addition of a new judge to ensure such a fiasco doesn’t happen again.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: “The idea is 90 per cent a done deal. Simon is still figuring out exactly how it will work.

“On one level it could mean that if one of the judges opted out of voting it could still go to deadlock if the others were split 2-2. But the danger is if they all had voting rights and chose to vote it would never go to deadlock.

“Simon has always thought a guest judge on live shows would bring some extra drama to the proceedings. And he hopes they will shoot from the hip and put a rocket under the rest of the judges, who often bite their tongues.”

Cowell is said to be considering taking on Take That singer Gary Barlow, Sir Elton John, or Pussycat Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger, though after his recent outburst, we can’t see Elton accepting the job.

Meanwhile, controversial finalist Katie Waissel is planning to have hypnotherapy to help beat stage fright after telling mentor Cheryl she may “lose it” on stage.

A friend said: “This is a cry for help. She’s at her wits’ end and beginning to crack. She fluffed her lines on last week’s show and is terrified the same thing will happen again. She’s really worried about stage fright.”

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!