With Simon Cowell willing to pull out all the stops for next year’s X Factor, the media mogul is already reportedly lining up the return of Cheryl Colein a bid to boost ratings and has now apparently been ‘holding secret talks’ with her and is ‘willing to offer any price’.
Friendship between the showbiz pair has previously been questionable, after Chezza was left humiliated last year after Cowell gave her place on the US panel to former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger, who has since moved to the UK show.
However, with viewers declining, Simon now apparently sees her as the ‘saviour’ to the British show, which has lost a whopping 3 million viewers this year. One Saturday night live programme saw ratings plummet to just 7.6million — compared to the 19.4million fans who watched Cheryl and Simon, 53, in the 2010 final.
A source close to Simon last night told the publication: “He’s desperate to get Cheryl back on X Factor UK because it’s lost its way.”
“The money on the table would be a fortune — at least double what she got last time. She could have what she wanted.”
According to the tabloid, Simon’s spokesman Max Clifford yesterday admitted that his client “thinks a lot of Cheryl”.
He added: “It was him that gave her the break on X Factor in England and America. He wants to rebuild the relationship.”
The source adds: “He [Simon] doesn’t want to see X Factor going down the way it is and he thinks Cheryl is the next best thing to him.”
And Simon isn’t go pleased with Tulisa’s constant tabloid attention, it seems…
The insider revealed: “Simon wants to get rid of Tulisa so this meeting will be part and parcel of that.”
Gary Barlow’s future as a judge is also said to be in the balance as Simon thinks he has no ear for talent. Simon is also worried his act Christopher Maloney could win and dent what is left ofX Factor’s credibility, after the scouser has been top of the votes majority of the weeks, even though the public seem to take a dislike to the contestant.
The source continued: “Simon thinks he’s very nice but who has Gary ever made into a star? He didn’t want him in the last series but there was no one better and ITV backed Gary.”
Who would you like to see on next year’s judges panel, readers?