Monday 17 January 2011, 10:45 | By CMU Editorial
Cowell and Cole to leave X-Factor UK for US version
Both Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole will be absent from the next UK series of ‘X-Factor’ according to Louis Walsh, or at least that’s what the News Of The World said this weekend.
We already knew Cowell would only appear as a judge towards the end of the next UK ‘X-Factor’ series on ITV, he being committed to the new US version of the pop talent show which will also air in the latter half of the year. We also already knew Cole was being lined up for a judging role on the US version of the show, so probably could have guessed she would be missing from a big chunk of the next UK series as well.
But just in case there was any doubt, Walsh told the tab: “It will be me and Dannii [Minogue] on the UK show with two other people”.
That said, the NOTW also claims that ITV bosses are still trying to hang on to either Cowell or Cole for the whole of the next UK series, fearing losing both judges in one go could hit the programme’s popularity.