Since the news broke that Mel B may not be returning to the X Factor fold for the next series, talk has turned to who is set to replace the former Spice Girl.
With names like Rita Ora and Louis Tomlinson being bandied about over the past number of weeks, it looks like there is a hot favourite – and we couldn’t have possibly predicted it if we tried.
According to various sources today, the new front-runner to nab Mel’s spot on the judging panel is none other than Call Me Maybe singer Carly Rae Jepsen.
A show insider revealed this weekend that Simon Cowell is keen to sign the 29-year-old up to the show, mainly due to her worldwide success.
The source told the Daily Star: “X Factor producers have made initial enquiries to see if Carly is up for a role on the show. It is early doors and no offer has been made, but Simon is keen to get someone fresh who is current and has international appeal.”
It was recently revealed that Louis Walsh would not be returning to the show as he wants to focus on his boyband, Hometown, while further reports claimed that Mel B was axed from the show by Cowell.
What are your thoughts on Carly as a new judge?