The wait is over... The X Factor 2016 Judging panel revealed
We can now confirm that some very familiar faces will be returning as Judges on the new series of The X Factor later this year!
Rock royalty Sharon Osbourne, pop sensation Nicole Scherzinger and chart maestro Louis Walsh, will sit alongside The X Factor creator and music mogul Simon Cowell on the panel.
Speaking of her return, Sharon - who was one of the original Judges on the show - said: “I’m overjoyed about going back to The X Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon. But most of all, I can’t wait to meet baby Eric.”
Nicole agreed: “I can’t wait to be back in the UK and on the show with the best Judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I'm excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having had winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it.”
Talking about his eagerly awaited comeback, Louis added: “He’d say otherwise but I knew Simon missed me last year! I’m delighted to be back on the panel especially beside my two favourite female judges Sharon and Nicole, and I’m looking forward to taking them all back to Dublin this year when we head there for auditions.”
Simon Cowell went on to issue a stern warning ahead of the new series, stating: “Be careful what you wish for!”
They will join returning host Dermot O’Leary to kick off the new series. In addition, one of the fans’ favourite aspects of the show has been revived, the legendary room auditions.
The Judges’ auditions will begin on Friday, June 10 at the home of the Premier League Champions, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium in Leicester.
The X Factor will return to ITV later this year alongside sister show, The Xtra Factor on ITV2. Fans of the show can follow all the action via @TheXFactor on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook.com/TheXFactor