Tulisa to be axed from X Factor?

Tulisa is set to be axed from 'The X Factor' judging panel, according to sources, who also say bosses want Louis Walsh replaced

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Tulisa is set to be axed from 'The X Factor' judging panel.

The singer will not return to the show when it airs over the summer and ruthless show bosses are also calling for long term judge Louis Walsh to be axed, according to insiders.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Quite apart from her performance on last year's show, you can't have a singer whose album only reached number 35 in the charts sitting in judgment on other singers.

"Tulisa has been on the panel for two years. She had a good run, but all good things come to an end."

Although some are calling for Louis - who has appeared on the show since it started in 2004 - to leave, show supremo Simon Cowell is battling to save his friend.

The source added: "Simon will fight tooth and nail to keep him on the show.

"It hasn't reached the shouting stage yet -- but if it does, Simon is prepared for the fight."

A spokesperson for the show insisted nothing is set in stone about who will be on the panel, which last year featured Louis, Tulisa, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.

They said: "No formal decisions have been made on the panel for 2013's 'X Factor' as yet."

Possible replacements who bosses think could help revive flagging ratings have reportedly included Gary's old Take That bandmate Robbie Williams, and Rita Ora, who has previously been a stand-in judge, and was seen dancing with Simon at at BRIT Awards after party on Wednesday night (20.02.13).

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