It looks like it’s all change for the X Factor once again this year.After 2015’s disappointing series, it’s out with Olly Murs and Caroline Flack, no more Rita Ora and Nick Grimshaw, and now Cheryl has confirmed that she won’t be back either.
He has since been squirreled away recording his debut album in LA, so expect him to belt out a single or two when the new series begins.
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The X Factor judges are the four stars who sit on the panel during the live shows, with each judge being a mentor for a group of acts - the boys, girls, groups and over 27s.
Famous judges have included Cheryl Cole, Dannii Minogue, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and, of course, Simon Cowell.Series 11 2014 Winner: Ben Haenow Former van driver Haenow follows in long X Factor tradition of slightly boring balladeers displaying their emotions through yearning eyebrow movements.In spite of, or more likely because of, this, he came first in the public vote every week from weeks four through to his victorious final.Other than ensuring that every new story about him has 'Hey now!' in the headline, Haenow's contribution to showbiz has been relatively slight.He scored the inevitable X Factor Christmas number one with his cover of One Republic's Something I Need, and in January he signed to Simon Cowell's Sy Co record label.