Are X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Nick Grimshaw at war?

Simon is said to be irritated by Nick's indecisiveness

Nick Grimshaw

by Owen Tonks |
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It sounds as if things are getting a little frosty between Simon Cowell and new X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw – the music boss was apparently infuriated with the radio DJ’s indecisiveness during the six-chair challenge section of the competition.

According to The Sun on Sunday, Simon grew increasingly irritated with Nick when he could not quickly pick contestants to take through to the next round of the show, snapping: “Just sit someone down.”

During tonight’s episode, Nick will be absent for part of the show, during which Simon says: “This feels better, doesn’t it?” before chirping: “Kidding.”

Judges Simon, Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini spoke to Nick while he was away via Skype as they decided who to take to the judges’ houses round but Simon lost his temper, shouting: “I’ve had enough,” before slamming the laptop shut.


BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick joined the X Factor judging panel this year when Louis Walsh was given the boot after 11 series on the show.

Last week it was revealed the Irishman is set to return as a “neutral fifth judge” in a bid to boost ratings.

Meanwhile, it seems Si and Mr Grimshaw have made up. An X Factor spokesperson told The Sun: “There’s no issue between Simon and Nick. Simon’s actions were in jest and he has recently recorded something for Nick’s radio show.”


GALLERY: X Factor London audition 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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