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The X Factor certainly hit a big blunder last year, as ratings dropped lower than ever before.

But, now Dermot O'Leary has announced that he is making his way back to the singing competition, after Simon Cowell met with him to seal the deal last week.

Dermot has always been a fan favourite, but when he quit the show 12 months ago, the presenter had a few things to say about the TV series.

He agreed with many of the X Factor's fans, saying the the show has gone way over the top and needs to be brought back down to earth.

Well, it seems like Simon listened as there is going to be major changes for 2016, including bringing back the intimate room auditions.

“I’m very flattered to be asked back to The X Factor, and am currently dusting off my dancing shoes," Dermot told The Mirror.

"There is nothing more exciting than hosting live TV on a Saturday night.

“The show is naturally very close to my heart, after having hosted it for eight years. I’m really looking forward to it, and excited to be back.”

We're so excited he's back, too!


While many of us reckon that the X Factor is on it's last legs, former judge on the popular ITV show Gary Barlow has decided to try his hand at television talent competitions. 

After being a popular mentor on the X Factor, the Take That frontman has decided to create his own show on rival station the BBC. 

The show is scheduled to take the place of the Voice on the British state broadcaster after it sold it's red chairs to ITV in a multi-million euro deal at the end of last year.

"This is Gary’s own format that will be made by the BBC entertainment team," a source told the Sun. 

“If it is a success he could make hundreds of millions of pounds around the world like Cowell has with X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent."

While this all sounds very exciting and we can't wait to see Gazza back on our screens, it seems one music mogul is not impressed with the whole situation. 

"Cowell is going to be furious because he thinks it was X Factor that gave Gary the experience working on a show like this. Now he’s gone and set up a direct rival.

"He’s always been paranoid about Gary trying to set up a huge entertainment company incorporating music and TV, which seems to be happening."

Gary's show is said to replace the Voice this time next year. 


The latest series of the X Factor fell fowl of some harsh criticism from audiences last year and it seems that the big boss Simon Cowell took notice. 

Akin to drastically changing the format and layout of the talent competition, it seems that Simon has also got rid of a presenter and a judge. 

According to the Mirror, new judge Nick Grimshaw as well as one half of the presenting duo, Caroline Flack ,will not be returning for next year's show. 

The BBC Radio 1 DJ confirmed yesterday that he will not be making an appearance in another season of the show. 

"After careful consideration, Nick’s decided to rule himself out as a judge on this year’s X Factor," said a spokesperson for the star. 

"He loved working on last year’s series alongside Rita, Cheryl and Simon but it was very much a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He remains a massive fan of the show and is looking forward to watching it this year."

Meanwhile, Caroline Flack seems to have paid the price for the incessant criticism of her presenting skills alongside Olly Murs. 

Despite Olly making several cringe worthy blunders during the ITV competition last year, it's Caroline that seems to have got the axe. 

While rumours circulated last month that the show was to be removed from the air for a few years, ITV confirmed that the show will run until at least 2017. 

Simon's show faces competition from the Voice which was bought by ITV in a million-pound deal late last year. 


Her second marriage may have only lasted 18 months – but it appears newly single Cheryl Fernandez Versini is already looking for love again.

Indeed, it has now been reported that no fewer than three high-profile men have their romantic eye on the pop-starlet – and she's more than happy to court their attention. 

Given the English beauty's status of millionaire X Factor judge, it's no surprise that the trio of love-interests in question are comprised of a successful businessman, a music executive, and a sports star.

Cheryl, 32, was married to footballer Ashley Cole until 2010, while second husband Jean Bernard had several business interests in the restaurant and nightclub industry – meaning this time perhaps she'll be more inclined to try her luck with the music executive. 

The men have yet to be named, but Closer magazine quotes a source who says: "Cheryl is starting to feel like her old self again.

"She says she is being chased by three different men and the attention has really given her something to smile about after a horrible few months."

The source added: "She's being coy about revealing their identities – but her phone is constantly buzzing with messages from them.

"It's putting a spring in her step and she's laughed that she's spoilt for choice when it comes to offers for dates."

Cheryl and Jean Bernard – whom she affectionally called JB – are believed to have split last August. They married in May 2014 after just three months together.

"In the end Cheryl realised she had married too soon and had been swept away by a bit of a whirlwind romance," a friend told The Sunday Mirror.

"Over time it became clear to each of them that they were very different people and from very different worlds."



When we think of Jahmene Douglas on the X Factor back in 2012, we remember a very dapper and very talented soul singer.

Singing Etta James' At Last, his first audition gave us literal chills but we haven't heard much from him since he came second to James Arthur in the competition. 

But Jahmene is still very much active as a gospel singer though he seems to have embraced his diva side. 

The 24-year-old now looks very glamorous with chiselled good looks, a new set of pearly whites and a pout to die for. 

Despite completely changing up his look in the three years since leaving the show, we think he looks ten times more confident than the fumbling bag of nerves he was on the show. 

And he is still singing. So we say, it was a win for Jahmene. 


About my weekend … #lazyday #weekend #lazy #chill #chillin #snapchat #jahmeneofficial #jahmene #home #relax

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And the lucky singer still hangs with his X Factor coach, Nicole Scherzinger. 

Yeah, Jahmene is definitely still winning. 


Leon Jackson is one of those X Factor finalists that were unfortunately quickly forgotten after the show ended. 

And Leon is so forgotten, he didn't even make our list of X Factor contestants that have slipped off the radar and that's saying something. 

However, Leon has somehow stumbled back into the media spotlight because audiences can't get over his change of appearance since he won the talent show four years ago. 

While we reckon his new set of gnashers made a huge difference, Leon is simply looking well. 


Sundays at @melrosetradingpost

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And apparently the 27-year-old is still very much into music as he has been writing and performing having made his home in Los Angeles. 

"Leon is very much in the music industry, writing new material and performing shows across the pond after teaching himself to play piano and guitar," a source told Metro. 

The Scottish singer won the contest back in 2007.



What will we do with our Saturday nights from August to December?

Reports circulated yesterday that the X Factor would not be broadcasted for at least one year after the 2016 series has aired as pretty dismal ratings were seen for the talent competition in 2015. 

However, an ITV representative has since come out saying that the talent competition will air for at least two more years. 

Several publications claimed that there were no current negotiations in place to bring back Simon Cowell's two former hit shows, the X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, for 2017. 

Both of the contracts for Simon's shows on ITV expire in 2016 but it seems that the network is making room for the massive show it bought from the BBC. 

ITV bought the Voice UK from the state broadcaster in a multi-million pound deal last year.  

Ratings for the twelfth season of the X Factor reached a record low of 5.39 million 

"Particularly because the X Factor contract is coming to an end and it has been a disaster.

"If The Voice is a success it's unlikely they will bring back the X Factor but if The Voice is a disaster, they still have the X Factor."

So who knows folks! 


Caroline Flack admitted this week that her 2015 "started off the saddest and ended up the happiest."

It's certainly been twelve months of heightened emotions for the presenter, who broke up with music mogul Jack Street this time last year, and later scored her first major primetime hosting gig on The X Factor.

Speaking candidly to The Daily Mirror this week, Caroline admitted that she'd had a pretty rough year behind-the-scenes, but tried her best not to let it affect her public persona.

"I can have the worst day ever but I’ll post the happiest picture of myself. My life is like a sad film. 

"You can think social media is real life but you have to remember it’s not."

Olly Murs' co-host said her self-confidence took a big knock this year, as viewers of The X Factor took to Twitter and Instagram to mouth off about her appearance.

"I cried after the first live Sunday night.

"The reaction was quite overwhelming because I didn’t think people would be talking about how I look, how I stand, how I walk, or how I laugh."

Despite the ongoing negativity, Caroline says she's not going to give up on her chosen career path

"I’ve been in this industry for 12 years, and you get used to the criticism. I know how the game works.

"I put myself out there and can’t moan. I have a really good job, and a really good life. The good bits outweigh the bad by a mile.

"I don’t ever want to feel ungrateful. If I couldn’t handle any more, I would go home and get out of the media industry."


This year's X Factor has been dogged by controversy, from countless technical glitches to allegations the show is in fact fixed.

With record company boss Simon Cowell at its helm, it's no surprise that the show has been accused of fixing votes on various occasions.

Some angry viewers have accused Simon's label Syco of using the show as a way to promote new, secretly signed acts for free, rather than running The X Factor as a genuine talent show.

And a certain social media glitch last night didn't do much to rectify the situation. Shortly after Louisa's win, a tweet was posted to her personal profile, referring to her as the "X Factor winner" and giving fans a download link to her single.

The only problem? The tweet's timestamp showed that it was originally written on December 11, and most likely scheduled in via Tweetdeck two whole days before the final.

Seems a bit optimistic of the X Factor bosses to be calling Louisa their "winner" when voting hadn't even begun. Whoever monitors Louisa's Twitter page has since deleted the message, but not before it was screengrabbed by some eagle-eyed readers.

Of course, a similar tweet could have been written for the show's other finalists and deleted when they didn't win – but it's still a messy mistake.

While it might seem presumptuous for ITV to assume Louisa would win, one look at the voting stats for this series shows that she was the clear leader the whole way through.

In fact, according to the official figures, there were only two weeks out of seven when she wasn't top of the leaderboard. 


It's safe to say fans were not happy when Louis Walsh got the boot from this year's X Factor, but that didn't stop Louis from making a surprise appearance on the show last night. 

The former judge made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance to the talent show in a spoof of the famous John Lewis Christmas ad which aired just before the show began.

Louis was seen playing the man on the moon part from the store's festive campaign. 

Mirroring the ad, the Irish music manager was seen looking through a telescope from his secluded bench on the moon as the X Factor final took place back on earth.

The Mayo man then appeared to look sad that he was missing out on the event and let out a big sigh before giving a helpless wave at earth and his former spot on the judging panel.

It seems like someone really wants to go back on that judging panel. Poor Louis.



If there's ever a woman to push style boundaries, it's Rita Ora. 

Turning heads as she stepped out in Notting Hill in London, Rita debuted a drastic new haircut. Gone are her long blonde locks and instead the singer is rocking a short pixie cut. 

The rest of her look was quite casual, wearing a leather jacket, a grey hoodie and boyfriend jeans as she made her way to Pizza Express. 

Following her low-key night out, The X Factor judge posted a selfie on Instagram to show off her new do'. 


Hmmmmm what to watch while I'm on voice rest….

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Either they're the biggest trollers the world of celeb romance has ever seen, or they are genuinely planning to get with each other at the X Factor Christmas bash.

Whatever the story is, there's definitely something going on between Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

The pair, who co-host the TV talent show together, were pictured last night looking like they were milliseconds away from having a proper snog. 

Yes, Caroline did post this photo on her own Instagram and no, it's not a hoax. It seems the pair decided to have some fun in the photobooth at last night's Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women Awards 2015.

Both Caroline and Olly have spoken out about the rumoured romance before, and while they've *kinda* made efforts to deny it, they've also 100% helped to fuel the speculation too.

"We have this innate understanding of one another – we don't fancy each other and yet we don't not fancy each other," said Caroline after the pair appeared to kiss on an episode of The X Factor last month.

"We're not girlfriend and boyfriend, yet we're not totally platonic either."

As for Olly, at last night's awards he insisted he and Ms. Flack were just pals – and he admitted they enjoyed playing mind games with us all.

"It's just stirring the pot really, we know we're best mates – that's all it's going to be," he said.

Say what you will Olly, but those photos say otherwise.