X Factor Judging Panel Update: Cowell, Cole and Co

The saga over who will man the X Factor judging panel this year, both here and over in America, rages on.

This week it’s been reported that Cheryl Cole has been offered twice her usual UK pay to stay in this country, without appearing on the US X Factor panel. That would make her the highest paid woman on British television. It’s also been mooted that she could go to Channel 5 – and front their new version of Big Brother.

There hasn’t been any announcement yet on whether Chezza will go to the US, but rumour has it she’s so desperate to go she’s even been taking elocution lessons, so she doesn’t have to get subtitled like Susan Boyle. Bless.

After reportedly telling UK X Factor bosses to try and tempt Lily Allen on board as his replacement, Simon Cowell has now declared that there is “no show” without him, according to The Mirror, and will be appearing on both X Factors, on both continents, at the same time – by simply popping to and fro in a private jet. Easy.

Rapper Snoop Dogg has also revealed he turned down a spot on the US panel, with music mogul L.A Reid the only confirmed US judge so far, along with Cowell. Jessica Simpson is in talks for a spot, and Gene Simmons has said he’d love to appear. 

Meanwhile over here, Danni Minogue and Louis Walsh have been quaking in their boots, as they have been told they’ll need to reapply for their jobs. Sounds ominous eh? Others in the running to fill those shaky shoes reportedly include Sharon Osbourne, Michael Buble, Lionel Richie and Ronan Keating.

In other X Factor news Mary Byrne wants a spot on Corrie, Susan Boyle got a £20k necklace from Cowell (aww) and apparently Matt Cardle hated Wagner. Now, OTB might need a bit of a sit down..