X Factor judges demanding pay rise?

The 'X Factor' judges are reportedly in danger of breaking the ITV show's £33 million budget by asking for seven-figure salaries

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X Factor judge Gary Barlow

The 'X Factor' judges are fighting for seven-figure salaries.

The returning line-up - expected to be comprised of Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger - are reportedly in danger of pushing the show over budget with the highest pay demands the ITV singing competition has ever seen.

An insider told The Sun newspaper: "Producers know it will cost significantly more than last year. If there's a hold-up, it could mean someone is not given a judging role and it's back to the drawing board."

Another production source added: "We know returning judges cost more. It's what happens if you negotiate every series."

Sharon, set to make her grand return after six years away, is expected to land a deal between £1.5 and £2 million, while Gary is looking to boost his £1.5 million contract from last year.

Louis is thought to be returning on his £1 million salary, while Nicole is allegedly asking for a cheque to match Take That star Gary's, plus perks including flying her personal hair and make-up team over from the US.

Producers are doing their best to stay within the £33 million-per-series budget, which has been in place for the last three years.

Should the judges get their way, this would be a significant pay rise compared to last year's panel, which allegedly saw Tulisa Contostavlos earn £450,000 and Nicole, £750,000.

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