X Factor 2017: Sharon Osbourne returning to judging panel in new deal? Yes please…

by Nick Barnes
X Factor 2016: Sharon Osbourne

The X Factor’s ratings may be in free fall and the show may feel like it’s going to shit sometimes, but one thing that Simon Cowell & co got right last year was the judging panel. Over the years we’ve seen the judging panel go through quite a number of facelifts, but not all that many have been spot on. Last year’s panel was perfect.

Now, The Sun newspaper has revealed that Sharon Osbourne has ‘verbally agreed’ to return to the panel when the show begins filming later this summer, and we could not be any happier. We think Sharon is a fantastic judge, and we were worried that her return to the panel last year would only be a one-series thing. If the latest reports are true, then she will be back, which is fantastic news.

We imagine Simon Cowell will be returning to the panel, and we could probably put our necks on the line to say Louis Walsh will indeed be returning. The only time Louis doesn’t agree to be on the panel is when he’s been fired. Nicole Scherzinger… we have absolutely no idea about whether she intends to return or not.

However, reports suggest that even though Sharon has agreed to return, she won’t be signing on the dotted line until she’s been given the green light from CBS execs. As many of you will know, during the autumn when The X Factor is on the air, Sharon is constantly jetting back and forth from the US where she has filming commitments on talk show, The Talk. Whilst filming The X Factor, CBS and Sharon worked out a deal so that Mrs. O would appear on three shows in the week. The rest of the time she would be in the UK with her X Factor team.

A source revealed: “Sharon looks like she is returning to the X Factor, and has been telling people that it is a done deal. She will film the auditions in the summer, and then jet to and from London for the live shows. Whilst that has gone on, her deal at The talk for the next year is not finalised. She has to re-sign for another year for another season in the next few weeks”.

It is worth taking it all as a pinch of salt, but we would like to believe that Mrs. O will be returning to The X Factor.

Sharon managed to mentor one of her acts – Saara Aalto – right to the finale on last year’s series where she finished in runner-up position to Matt Terry. Maybe this year will be Sharon’s year?

Would you like to see Sharon return to the panel? Let us know in the comments, below…

Nick Barnes

Nick is the Assistant Editor at Unreality TV, along with being a full-time Beyoncé obsessor! Email him at nick@unrealitytv.co.uk or catch him on Twitter @ImNickBarnes