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With the ink barely dry on the multi-million dollar deal Simon Cowell reportedly signed last week renewing The X Factor UK for three more years, Mr. Nasty is rumored to have chosen a new panel of judges for his show — and he’s looking to put the “x” in sexy.

Simon’s picks to replace outgoing judges Gary Barlow and Sharon Osbourne? Rising star Rita Ora and X Factor alum (and the judge Simon once famously fired) Cheryl Cole.

Hiring on the two lovely ladies would likely mean bad news for current X Factor judge, Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole has announced no plans to leave the show so if the rumors prove true, it likely means Simon gave the former Pussycat Doll the Cheryl Cole treatment and sent her packing.

“Simon is planning a huge shake-up next year, as it’s highly likely he’ll be back,” a source tells British publication The Sun as reported by Huff Post UK.  “Rita and Cheryl would be his dream team.”

Would the team of Rita, Cheryl, and veteran judge Louis Walsh be so dreamy Simon would join them? Would he jump ship and leave X Factor’s US version for its UK counterpart? Season 3 of the American version has been floundering of late with some suspecting it may not even last for the rest of the current season. Plus, he might get to sit next to Rita Ora, which wouldn’t, you know, be the worst gig in the world.

What do you think? Will Simon pick Rita and Cheryl over Nicole? Will he return to his native England for X Factor? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Huff Post UK


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