After all the will she, won’t she, surrounding the rumoured return of Cheryl Cole to The X Factor UK, the judging panel for the show has finally been confirmed. As previously reported, the Geordie singer will not be returning to the show and the new line up will reveal three new judges following the withdrawal of Cole, Simon Cowell and Dannii Minogue.
The new line up will consist of the regular face of Irishman Louis Walsh, former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland, N’Dubz beauty Tulisa Contostavlos and Take That legend Gary Barlow. ITV’s press centre revealed on Twitter, "The X Factor (UK) judges will be: Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland & Louis Walsh."
The auditions for the latest series begin in Birmingham on Wednesday and the ITV producers have moved around future auditions, so that they do not conflict with Gary Barlow’s summer Progress tour dates with his band Take That.