X Factor bosses set to replace Nicole with ultimate singing diva?

Producers are apparently in the process of landing a major signing to the judging panel

It’s that time of year again when we all start speculating about who will be returning to The X Factor’s judging line up.

Will Louis Walsh be able to cling on for another year? Or will he get the boot? Again!

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Will Sharon Osbourne stick two fingers up at Simon Cowell and tell her she’s too busy to come back and get people’s names wrong?

Now, as we all know, Nicole Scherzinger is supposedly set to dip out of this series while she goes off to star in a big screen version of Wicked.

Or so Louis says. He revealed recently that the PussyCat Doll is stalling on signing her contract because she has been offered a witchy role.

If she does fly off on her broomstick, who will fill her delicious gap?

Could Mel B be headed back to the panel after her annus horribilis?

Louis says he would love her to.

The last time she was a judge on the show, she was going through the wars with her hubby Stephen Belafonte, sporting bruises and not turning up.

Maybe, now she’s in a good place she might fancy another shot on the show.

Or maybe Cheryl WhateverHerNameIs might make a return.

Like Mel, the last time she was a judge she was going through a tough time with her then hubby Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

But it looks like The X Factor producers have opted for – drum roll – Mariah Carey.

We hope the rumours are true that the diva is headed to our shores!

Viewers of her reality show Mariah’s World will know that the legendary diva is satisfyingly crazy so we reckon if she were on the panel she’d be a hoot.

Of course she’s no stranger to being a judge, having been one on American Idol.

In that series not only did she pass comment on the talent she also managed to end up falling out with her fellow judge Nicki Minaj every other episode.

It was TV gold!

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According to reports producers are in the process of chatting her to her people and she’s keen!

“Mariah really wants to do it,” a source told the Mirror. “Nicole is not committing at the moment, although she did meet up with Simon Cowell this week.”

Ooh, we’ll just have to wait and see.