Simon Cowell to shake up X Factor panel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 January 2012
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell says none of the 'X Factor' judges are guaranteed a job on this year's show and he thinks they could all have done better in the last series of the ITV1 show

Simon Cowell may replace the entire 'X Factor' judging panel.

The music mogul - who brought in Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos and Kelly Rowland to sit alongside original panellist Louis Walsh on last year's show - ranked the performances of the quartet at eight out of 10 and said they "could have done better", going on to admit that no one's job is safe.

He said: "We have got to look at everyone, the whole show. I don't know if I will keep the panel the same. I haven't decided yet."

Simon was particularly frustrated that the panel "didn't do enough different things" as mentors, citing the way Cheryl Cole pushed Cher Lloyd in the previous series as what he would expect from the mentors.

He added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Judging can be tough, but if we can't find a star out of 120,000 applicants then someone isn't doing their job properly."

The 52-year-old music mogul admitted he had never expected Gary would want to be a judge this year because of his Take That commitments.

He said: "I always thought that with Gary he would have the Take That commitment in 2012.

"But there has to be a certain amount of unpredictability with this show, it is what keeps people interested. It is relentless. The judges felt it big time."

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