The ‘X Factor’ is facing a huge crisis after Dannii Minogue controversially departed the show.
The Australian judge – who won last year’s series with her act Matt Cardle – released a statement explaining she quit her role on the panel to concentrate on ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ but it has now been claimed she was axed in favour of N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos, leaving fans of the ITV1 show furious.
Dannii’s departure comes after it was revealed Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole had quit the show to concentrate on the US version and now fans are threatening to boycott the programme .
One wrote on Twitter: “Replacing Dannii Minogue with Tulisa? X Factor is going downhill.”
Another complained: "X Factor will be awful this year - No Cheryl, no Simon and no Dannii!?"
While one fan simply wrote: "Well I'm not watching now."
It means Louis Walsh is the only original judge on the panel and he is stunned by the decision for Dannii to go.
He said: "I'm shocked. I genuinely thought she was coming back. I thought they'd done a deal, I really did.
"It's a big show and an amazing opportunity. I'm sad for Dannii that it didn't work out."
Louis will be joined on the panel by Take That star Gary Barlow and Tulisa, while former Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland is also expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
As a result of Dannii’s departure, auditions for this year’s show will now start in June rather than this week.