Who will replace Kelly now?

Minogue was in negotiations to reprise her role on the show after last year's panellist Kelly Rowland ruled herself out.

The Australian entertained the idea of a return despite disclosures that she and show boss Simon Cowell had an affair. But discussions have now foundered.

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No X Factor return for Dannii

Dannii Minogue will not be returning to The X Factor as a judge. Simon Cowell, from Sussex, has had talks with the former panellist about a possible comeback, but less than a week before the audition process begins guest judges are being lined up.