Nicole Scherzinger will return to 'The X Factor' next year.

The 'Poison' hitmaker - who joined the show this year after previously sitting on the panel of the US version of the programme - has impressed show chief Simon Cowell with her performance and she is expected to be the first panellist to be offered a new deal.

A source said: "It is fair to say that Simon and the production team have been thrilled with Nicole's performance. She has been absolutely great.

"Simon is a huge fan of hers and the production team think she has been a revelation.

"There won't be any decision on the make-up of the 2013 panel until next year but she has certainly made a good impression.

"Simon is really up for her coming back."

However, producers are said to be unhappy with Tulisa over her poor time keeping and focus on her music and personal life.

The source told The Sun newspaper: "Tulisa has got to pull her socks up."

Head judge Gary Barlow - who has a fractured relationship with Simon - and long-standing panellist Louis Walsh could also be dropped in a bid to "freshen up the panel" following falling ratings.

Nicole has admitted she is enjoying the show so much she is considering moving to the UK permanently.

She said: "I am loving it, I really am.

"I am loving it so much that I am thinking about moving here next year. I am having a great time here."

Meanwhile, Simon is backing James Arthur to win this year's show.

He tweeted on Saturday (24.11.12): "To everyone voting in the UK tonight. Please vote for who you believe could be a star next year. It's in your hands.

"Very interesting end coming up for X Factor. I think the final is going to be very interesting! I have my own favourite. (sic)"

When he was asked if it was James Arthur, he replied: "Re X Factor UK. Yes to someone who just guessed it."

  1. by lina selena 26th Nov 2012 12:39

    I'm just curious who'll be watching the show with the only professional and funny judge gone. if you read the facebook comments, the only judge who has the full support of the fans is Gary. Nicole is plainly vulgar and the other 2 - well, I haven't yet figured out why they're there. and I doubt it's Simon's decision. if Gary doesn't come back, it's because HE doesn't want to. and Robbie was right: Simon should feel lucky that Gary is on his show, maybe he could learn a thing or 2 about dignity and integrity and music. and Rob was also right when he said Gary is the most talented on that panel. I know I have no interest in the show without Gary. he's the only one with a good sense of humour.

  2. by ben 26th Nov 2012 16:28

    nicole is a breath of fresh air on the telly - she places herself as a mentor first, then judge and have even thought twice about performing on the X factor because she wants to concentrate on Jahmene chr(38) James first - despite the fact that she loves to perform. she is also just herself on the talent show, and is not constrained in expressing her thoughts - true she might be bonkers sometimes, but who do not love a silly moment on a live telly as compared to normally typical comments by judges that can be replayed and are so conscious about their image. the way i see she commits and how good a job she does every single week proves she DESERVES to be there and she is doing a good job at it as well. that said, I REALLY do hope she goes back to performing again though. (;