Scherzinger 'to get boot from X Factor'

Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly set to be axed from 'The X Factor'.

Nicole Scherzinger is reportedly set to be axed from 'The X Factor'.

The former Pussycat Dolls singer was recently named as the fourth permanent judge on the ITV1 show, but bosses are already thinking about replacing her for next year's series, with Mel B emerging as the favourite to take her place.

Producers are said to be worried as ratings for this year are down on last year's so are planning a huge shake-up, which means there will be no guest judges and pushing the launch date back to September.

A source added to The Sun newspaper: "It maybe airs a little early and people struggle when they might be on holiday or enjoying the sunshine at home.

"And the guest judges just don't work. It's great for audiences who are watching live but it doesn't translate well on the telly. People get confused as the line-up's always changing from song to song."

Former Spice Girls singer Mel has impressed viewers with her honest opinions when she was a guest judge during the audition stages but Nicole was given the permanent judging role alongside Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and Tulisa Contostavlos.

And in a further blow to the show, Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler has said he will never let the programme use any of his music.

He said: "I get requests from shows like this wanting to use my music, but I refuse every time.

"I don't want anything to do with such an inhuman process."

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