X Factor: Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will be the ONLY female judge – what do you think?

Simon Cowell’s X Factor shake up is getting more interesting by the day…


by Ellie Henman |
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Louis’ not leaving, Nick Grimshaw’s in and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is going to be the only female judge…the run up to this year’s X Factor has probably been the most exciting yet.

Although nothing has been confirmed (yes, still!) the rumours are running riot.

Despite reports that Louis Walsh had been sacked, he exclusively told heat this week that he wasn’t going anywhere. Intriguing. And Nick Grimshaw – who’s apparently been picked out at Simon’s favourite to take a seat on the panel – has been adding fuel to the fire by saying he’d love the job.

“I would like to do it,” Nick said last week. “I love the show. But loads of people I've read will be really good. Robbie would be great and Simon and Cheryl if they are back…”


But what about Cheryl? Earlier this year it was reported she’d signed a bumper deal to take her seat again on the panel and now, the Sun claim she’s definitely the only woman up for the job.

“Simon has thrown the rule book out of the window this year,” an insider told them.

“Ever since the panel moved from three to four judges there have been two men and two women, but it looks like that is going to change. He will definitely be back, as will Cheryl. Simon thinks by having three men, Cheryl will flourish. He also likes the ‘three men and a Geordie’ joke.”

Tulisa has been rumoured to be making a return. After spending Christmas with Simon, Lauren Silverman and baby Eric in Barbados – it was claimed Tula was definitely being lined up for a role on the show but nothing is set in stone.

What would you think if Cheryl was the only woman on the panel?


Cheryl Cole's style file

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Shirt crimes

Where it all begin. Back in 2002 Cheryl was just another badly dressed wannabe singing for her stardom on Popstars: The Rivals. And boy did she sing.

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How low can you go (answer: very)

In full party mode, Chezza opted for a scarf top cinched in with a belt and bootcut trews for a night on the town back in 2003. Yep, she's got belt chains. And what?

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The cold shoulder

It's hard to believe but this is actually an awards ceremony outfit. Yep, in 2005 an off-the-shoulder top and tiered skirt were all a pop star needed to wow on the pavement. As it's Cheryl, her dimples did save her some.

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Floral fantastic

For the Alien Autopsy premiere Cheryl went all MUM wearing a flowery satin dress and matching shawl

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DIY facelift

Who needs night cream when you can scrape your hair into a super tight high pony?

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Following the breakdown of her marriage, Cheryl lost weight and looked teeny tiny. Here in 2008 she showed how small her frame had become when she stepped out in grey trews and a white vest, both of which appeared to drown the petite star

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We LOVED this fun and flirty skater dress! The bright yet chic colours looked fab against Chezza's tan while the flippy style showed off her toned legs

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On yer head!

It might have been December but Cheryl took the festive spirit a tad too far with her red leather jacket and fluffy headband

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Meow! Part 1

Well, helloooo mama! Chezza brought the WOW to the X Factor stage in a floor length black dress and with a cute bow hair 'do

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Meow! Part 2

One of our all time favourite Cheryl looks. The beautiful star looked gorge in her patterned frock and cat's ears on the X Factor

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OMG it's CC in VB

For the NTAs Cheryl stunned us all when she stepped out onto the red carpet wearoing a pale pink Victoria Beckham dress. We bet back in Baden-Baden neither of them thought THAT would ever happen

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We couldn't put together a Cheryl style round-up without skipping over the p'orange pond. Take a look. Aaaand now we move on...

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The big yay or nay

Cheryl's Stephanie Rolland couture gown divided the heat office. Was her Cannes frock a bit too fashion or had Chezza hit the nail on the head?

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Cannes or can't?

Another Cannes look, this time one flashing a lot more flesh. Perhaps a little too much for the film festival crowd but there's no denying she looks pretty darn great

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Sparkly star

Another Cannes look, this time one flashing a lot more flesh. Perhaps a little too much for the film festival crowd but there's no denying she looks pretty darn great

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Hot suff

Date night with new fella Tre called for a sexy leather pencil skirt and co-ordinating top with comfy courts. An excellent romantic look

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Sling-ky mama

Cripes, this lady can even make a wrist injury look hot! Can we pretend we've got a poorly wrist to emulate Chezza's style? No?

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P-p-p-pick up a peplum!

Or two! For Guiseppe Zanotti's Fashion Night Out party Cheryl went OTT on the peplums and totally pulled them off

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Cheryl isn't all about the natty frocks and OMG glamour gowns. The lady can also rock a onesie with panache. Especially when said onesie is a YSL number.

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Comeback kid

At the big announcement of her return to The X Factor Cheryl greeted paps wearing a chic Lela Rose LBD with bright heels and cool shades.

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Ooh how hot did Chezza look in her Kate Moss for Topshop fringed leather number at Kiss 100 radio? Smoking hot that's how.

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Mono magic

Looking like a black and white babe in a cropped Jil Sander top with a giant statement necklace at the London leg of The X Factor auditions this year.. Those Temperley London trews could've done with being shortened a tad, though...

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Tomato talent

The petite star wowed in this vibrant Stella McCartney two-piece, showing off her poker-straight locks.

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