So, after the departure of Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell, new replacement judges and more headlines than prospective singers (almost), it might have seemed that X Factor had no more shocks to offer? Unfortunately not. After flying to Los Angeles last week, allegedly going AWOL, new judge Kelly Rowland has said that she won’t appear on the UK live shows this weekend.
Producers were reportedly in a panic after the news was announced, with rumours that X Factor USA judge (and Cheryl’s replacement) Nicole Scherzinger could be in line to replace Kelly for the live shows on Saturday and Sunday. Kelly has told the press that she is unable to fly due to illness, but fans may feel this doesn’t explain why she didn’t continue mentoring her acts in their rehearsals to prepare for their performances.
This series has also seen rumours of friction between Kelly and fellow new judge Tulisa. The N Dubz singer has fallen out with Kelly on air after comments made between the two women, with Tulisa blaming the lack of communication on Kelly. Tulisa has also had the issue of having one of her singers quit the show, after The Risk’s Ashley Baptiste decided he would rather be a solo artist than in a band created after it’s members were rejected as individual singers. He’s now been replaced by previous reject Ashford Campbell of Nu Vibe, but the move left the new line up with just a day to rehearse together before their first live performance.
After all this, as well as allegations of bullying, a drop in viewer numbers, suggestions of contestants being exploited by producers and the well reported fall out (and firing) of Cheryl Cole, it’s not yet clear how the programme can recover its’ former success. Maybe there’s only one solution to all this. Sorry, Mr Barlow, but it could be time for the return of the original Mr Nasty: Simon Cowell himself.
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