No Cheryl as new UK X Factor line-up announced

Tuesday May 31, 2011

The line-up for the new series of the X Factor has finally been announced.

After months of speculation, ITV have released a statement on Twitter confirming that the four judges are Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh, Kelly Rowland and N-Dubz singer Tulissa Contostavlos.

Louis is the only returning member of the panel.

Noticeably absent is Cheryl Cole, who was recently axed from the American version of the show after just three weeks.

It was thought that TV executives had hoped the 27-year-old would return to the British version, but both she and her manager reportedly refused to take their calls.

As a result, they withdrew their offer.

The new judging panel will swing into action on Wednesday for the first auditions at Birmingham, before they head to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London and Liverpool.

Cheryl Cole: Her time in the 'X Factor' spotlight

Photo: Rex

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