Is Simon Cowell losing control of X Factor? Judges stage revolt against show boss

The panel is rebelling against Simon

Simon Cowell

by Owen Tonks |
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With his shirt unbuttoned almost down to his belt as a rug of black chest hair pokes out while he takes the fate of thousands of pop star hopefuls into his hands, Simon Cowell usually cuts a commanding figure on the X Factor panel.

But it seems he may be losing control as fellow judges Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw have been rebelling against the music mogul.

And even new hosts Olly Murs and Caroline Flack have been getting in on the action when it comes to taking the pee out of their boss.


According to Olly, it’s the female judges who now run the show with Simon being forced to take a back seat.

He told the Daily Star Sunday: “The girls are giving Simon a really hard time. In one session at the auditions they actually made him change his mind on a few of the acts.

“Grimmy has been giving him loads of stick as well.

“And me and Caroline call him Uncle Simon backstage.

“I’m not sure he likes it very much. We might get sacked before the live shows.” Uh oh.

Simon is said to be showing his softer side more since becoming father to son Eric on Valentine’s Day last year.

And it seems Rita and Cheryl have taken full advantage of Simon’s more relaxed side.

Rita said: “It’s been hilarious ganging up on Simon. It’s been great having Cheryl by my side.”

Cheryl added: “We’ve all been going for Simon. He’s less of a big brother now and more of an old uncle.”


GALLERY: X Factor London auditions outfits


X Factor London auditions outfits

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Rochelle Humes

Mrs Humes looked amazing in her crisp white Iris + Ink playsuit teamed with leg-lengthening heels and a chic pony

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Rochelle Humes

Looking like she's stepped straight out of a '90s girl band in her cool American Apparel dungarees

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Chezza's loving her retro '60s vibes during the auditions so far, and her cute Miu Miu shift and matching pink heels look gorge on her

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl's Adam Lippes tuxedo dress may cost over £1k, but that's nothing compared to a lifetime of dry cleaning bills. Just beware of Nando's, eh Chez?

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Rita Ora

B*Witched would be soooo jealous of these denim co-ords. Rita continues to show off her risky fash sense on the red carpet

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Rita Ora

Poor Rita must've accidentally got stuck in a door or been attacked by a pack of dogs on the way to the auditions. We can think of no other possible explanation for that missing sleeve

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Caroline Flack

Working Beatnik chic in a cute striped top and leather mini

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Caroline Flack

Caz doesn't half love a boyish short and shirt combo. She picked up these snakey platforms for just £52 from Toppers!

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